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Mayor-Elect Jake Day Faces New Salisbury City Council

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Mayor-elect Jake Day will be taking the helm in the wake of yesterday’s city election which also saw a dramatic change in the city council.

Day ran unopposed as did council vice president Laura Mitchell.

The Mayor-elect said, “This is going to be a different council and they’re all going to have to work together. I am excited for them. They have to be a team. And, we have to be a team as a city.

For voters there was a myriad of issues on their minds:

Casey Martin, graphics designer, said “To be honest I was looking at candidate’s personalities, to see if they are willing to work together for issues – just to see how they get along together.”

Meanwhile, Hillary, a nurse, said, ”I’m concerned about revitalizing downtown. I’m also concerned about job growth in Salisbury. And, also, making sure that living is high quality for all citizens of Salisbury.”

Council District Races

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Salisbury City Council District Map

The current Mayor Jim Ireton appeared to be headed for a win in District beating back Roger Mazzullo by 56% to 42%.

Incumbent Shanie Shields appeared to lose her bid for another term to April Jackson by a vote of 48% to 41%.

Muir Boda finally won a seat in local government in District 2 while council member Jack Heath won a seat in District 3.

(Kaydee Jones and Stephanie Chisley contributed reportorial work for this story)

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.