My name is Branden Fletcher Dominguez. I am a community organizer and housing advocate running for State Representative in Wilmington’s 3rd District. I was born in New York and moved into this community when I was just an 11-year-old boy, via the Chinatown Fourth St. Bus, with my family seeking for better opportunities from the city we could no longer afford to live in. I attended Delaware Public Schools – attending William Penn High School and then Wilmington University, studying Government and Public Policy. I am a proud Afro-Latino, with my mother’s family migrating from Puerto Rico to NYC in the early 1950s and on my father’s side from the South to the North in the 1940s settling in the large African American community of Central Brooklyn. My diverse upbringing shaped me into an inclusive, passionate and caring young activist. As a young man, I experienced housing insecurity and saw my community ravaged by gun violence. And I’ve experienced how working people and people of color are unjustly marginalized and left behind in our society. These life experiences and my passion for change led me to become a community organizer, where I began training with Network Delaware and started working on campaigns to change policy in city council and the state legislature.
I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is for working families to navigate complex, bureaucratic systems. While attending Wilmington University I had to step up to help my own family members, and neighbors navigate looming evictions. As an Americorp Alum, I’ve served our community, as an Eviction Prevention Navigator, representing low-income tenants facing eviction to keep their housing intact. This program led to the Delaware Supreme Court allowing for Qualified Tenant Advocates to represent Tenants in eviction cases at court, increasing tenant access to legal aid.
I am running for the third district because I believe Wilmington needs to have a strong voice in Dover, and I will fight for truly affordable housing, health care for all, and investing in our young people and our futures. I am running to bring our communities together to improve our district. I’ve spent my entire life organizing in Wilmington and want to bring that energy to the legislature. It’s up to my generation (Gen-Z) to step up in our communities in order to save our futures, and I will fight for a Delaware that works for all of us, not just a few. My work has never been about me – it’s about us.
Volunteer and Community Roles:
- Secretary of 5th District Neighborhood Planning Council
- Member of Leadership for Education Equity (LEE)
- 5th Ward Democratic Associate Member
- Member of the Hilltop Coalition Civic Association.
- Organizer of the Wilmington Fees & Fines Justice Campaign.
- Former Community Engagement Coordinator with West Side Grows Together, were I worked on neighborhood revitalization projects.
- Campaign Co-Coordinator of the HOMES Campaign, a volunteer advocacy organization focused on housing justice in Delaware.
- Board Member of Wilmington Unity Project, a non-profit focused on tackling food insecurity and ending homelessness in Wilmington.