Mike Purzycki survived a crowded Democratic primary and ousted the incumbent in September 2016 to become the Mayor of Wilmington, DE. Hear his thoughts on the City 11 months after his inauguration, a personal story about Wellington Mara, what he would do to help education in Delaware, and more.
2:00 – Can you talk about your upbringing in Newark, NJ?
6:30 – Mike reflects on his time with the NY Giants.
9:30 – What was your NFL salary?
10:30 – What prompted your first foray into politics?
12:00 – What made you think about running for Mayor?
15:00 – What kind of resistance did you get about running for Mayor?
16:15 – Why did people think you had no chance?
18:30 – What was the darkest time of the campaign?
19:50 – Can you talk about Eugene working in the cabinet?
21:00 – How has it been going as Mayor for 11 months?
23:30 – Can you talk about walking on the racial sensitivity tight-rope?
28:50 – Do you think the problems of Wilmington are too big for any one Mayor to fix?
33:00 – How would you fix Delaware’s educational system?
35:30 – How can we get City Council to function again?
38:30 – What has been hard to get done?
41:50 – What can we do as a country to come together again?
44:30 – What is the best advice you’ve ever received?