Salisbury Election Sparks Mixed Feelings About City Change
SALISBURY, Md.- The dust has settled and Mayor Jim Ireton gets to keep his seat for another two-year term.
Ireton defeated challenger, Joe Albero by a nearly 2-1 margin.
Shanie Shields won the re-election as the First District councilwoman.
Jacob Day now represents the city as a Second District councilman.
"The change will be to focus on things that need to get done," said Day on Wednesday. "So we may have to disagree, find several attempts at determining at what the correct solution is but as long as we keep our eyes focused on positive results in the end, I have a feeling that we are going to find success. "
The balance of power has shifted on the council and the mayor is also hoping to push the next agenda forward. However, some people in Salisbury told WBOC that even with the election over, it won't be easy reshaping the city.
"I just felt like I am one of the many in the city right now that issues have not excited me to go out and place my vote," said Bob Lockwood, who said he had no interest in voting.
Darryl Forsythe said he has noticed in the past that the council does not get along with the mayor, whose ideas he supports.
That is why he said he hopes the recent shift will change that relationship between the officials.
"I saw change yesterday and I am very happy with that," Forsythe said. "But driving over potholes in the city and what has happened to the riverfront? There's a building just sitting there and it's ugly, how will it draw businesses to the community?"
Harvey Evans said he voted not because it is his obligation, but because he is not happy with the way the city was being run.
"For the last 10 years it's been a circus and a zoo and there are special interest groups that are trying to fix things that are not broken," Evans said. "So hopefully we can get the right mix of people who can go back to what the city is really supposed to do."
Right now the city has what is known as a staggered election but it is trying to do away with it.
The next election will be in November 2015 when everybody is up for re-election at the same time.