This 33 Year Old Hopes to Be the New Mayor of “Murder Town USA”

Photo Credit: Eugene Young; with his wife and daughter.

Eugene Young, from Wilmington, Delaware won a basketball scholarship and earned two degrees in college (information systems and sociology) and is running for mayor of the town some refer to as “Murder Town, USA.

Young, now 33, is running against the incumbent Mayor Dennis Williams, and six other candidates.

After college, Young returned to Wilmington and said, “I came back home to my neighborhood and realized that there were a lot of guys doing the same thing that they were [doing] before I left. Issues with the law; in jail.”

Young and two friends scrambled together $30,000  (going broke in the process) and created Delaware Elite, a mentoring program for kids.

Meet Eugene Young, the Millennial Who Wants to Become Mayor of "Murder Town, USA"
Eugene Young, center, is running for mayor of Wilmington, Delaware.
Source: Courtesy of Eugene Young

This organization helped him launch a career in the nonprofit sector, the Delaware legislature and a stint working for New Jersey Senator [score]Cory Booker[/score].

Young wants to transform the 2014 Newsweek accurate assessment of Wilmington as one of the most violent cities in America. He says:

“That does not define who we are or what we’re becoming. We have a beautiful city; we have issues that many other cities in this country have, whether it is your Camdens, your Trentons, your Flints.”

Young believes access to social services and economic development capital will help improve the wellbeing of Wilmington’s citizenry. He adds:

“There are so many men and women who, when they come out of prison, they’re not able to have the resources [on] where to go, how to get a job, how to get an expungement… It leads to many men and women going back and doing the same thing that led them into prison in the first place.”

With 200 volunteers, Young hopes to make a difference in his hometown.

Young hopes to change the city’s politics, which he argues “are too compartmentalized by race.” He hopes to encourage its leaders to engage “with all areas of the city, not just [a] selected few.”

Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley &

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