SALISBURY, Md. - In a surprising announcement, outgoing Salisbury Mayor, and soon to be 4th District Councilman, Jim Ireton told WBOC exclusively Tuesday night that he is seriously considering a run at Maryland's 1st Congressional District Seat. It is a position currently held by Republican incumbent, Andy Harris.
Less than two hours after polls closed Tuesday night in Salisbury, Jim Ireton spoke with WBOC not only about his win in the 4th District council race, but his future as well.
"It's incredible to have won four elections in the last 16 years. I have traveled all across Maryland telling everyone about the good things that happen in Salisbury. So at this point, we are going to be taking a look at the first district congressional race to find out whether there is an opportunity there," Ireton exclusively told WBOC.
Ireton believes his political voice could be best suited for Washington. And if Ireton does run, there is still someone standing in his way, Republican incumbent Andy Harris. WBOC reached out to Harris for comment and the congressman's office sent this statement:
"If Jim Ireton manages to become the Democratic nominee, there will be plenty of time to talk about his staunch support for higher taxes and other radical liberal policies."
WBOC also reached out to Roger Mazzullo, the man Ireton defeated in the 4th District city council race. Mazzullo also sent WBOC a statement which read:
"No one should be surprised since he deserted the council position 19 months after he was elected the first time."
But Ireton said his calling for politics is still strong and a run at Congress is a strong possibility
"I'm a teacher, I'm a son, I'm an uncle, I'm a brother. All of those things have to go into your considerations," Ireton said.
The decision on whether to run will need to come soon for Ireton as the primary for for Maryland's 1st Congressional District race is in April.