Don Williams was a Democratic committeeman and candidate for state legislature in Delaware in 1970 when a newbie interested in running for New Castle County Council showed up at a meeting of the party.
That newbie’s name was Joe Biden.
“We lived in a suburban district called Brookmeade,” said Don Williams’ wife, Mary Lou. “He was a neighbor of ours, but we hadn’t known him.”Don Williams checked a list of voters for their area and saw Biden’s name was not among them because he was registered in another county.
The legislative candidate’s advice to the wannabe county councilman: The first thing you have to do is register in New Castle.Little Delaware has only three counties, and New Castle County is home to Wilmington, the largest city with a population of just over 70,000.
During a break in the action in November 2017 as Democratic delegates met in a mini-convention at Washington High School – a gathering that selected Conor Lamb as a nominee for the 18th Congressional District – Williams told of politicking with Biden.
They were a tag-team, going around neighborhoods and knocking on doors together, he said.
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