My name is Salette Andrews and I’m running to be your next Wilmington City Councilmember because I want to leave a livable city to our children and grandchildren.
I’m an educator, veteran, and small business owner, and I know that we need to take care of one another and stand up for what we believe in. It’s time we give our families clean drinking water and hold polluters accountable. It’s time we ensure that our young people and our seniors feel safe in their homes and on our streets. And it’s time we ensure a variety of housing options, because that attracts employers to our community, and promotes economic prosperity.
If I haven't met you yet, I hope to meet you soon, and I thank you for your support.
I was born to a military father and a first-generation American mother. My father died when he was only 43 years old, leaving behind a young widow and five children under 18. I watched my mother struggle to pay the bills and get all of us through high school. We all worked to put ourselves through college and start careers and our own families.
After graduating from college, I entered the Air Force and became an Air Traffic Controller. I earned a graduate degree in technical communication and spent much of my career as a technical writer in the aerospace, semiconductor, and medical industries. I served on a town council in Arizona. For the past eight years, I have run a successful estate jewelry business.
In my volunteer life, I have worked as a court-appointed special advocate (guardian ad litem), advocating for the needs of children involved in the court system. I have volunteered with several animal rescue organizations as a photographer, webmaster, foster parent, adoption counselor, and board member. I currently teach free, evidence-based nutrition and cooking classes through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
I survived thyroid cancer over 20 years ago, but the greatest tragedy in my life was losing my precious 22-year-old son, Jesse, to leukemia. He spent his childhood on and near military bases, and served in the Army in Iraq, where he was exposed to the burn pits and to fire-fighting chemicals.
I am lucky to be married to my best friend, David Andrews. We have three adult children and three young grandchildren.