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Wicomico County Executive Candidates Discuss Top Issues

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SALISBURY, Md. - The three candidates up for the Wicomico County Executive seat discussed issues on Wednesday night that they would face if elected.

The forum was hosted by the Greater Salisbury Committee, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and PACE at Salisbury University. The candidates: Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver, a Republican; City Council President Jack Heath, unaffiliated; and Democrat John Hamilton, answered a series of questions pertaining to education, the revenue cap and economic development. 

Each candidate had two minutes to respond to a series of questions from the organizers and a couple from the audience.

Heath felt passionately about backing Superintendent Donna Hanlin's Imagine 2022 plan to improve Wicomico County Public Schools.  His response included this statement: 

"We have to retain the top notch teachers that are tempted every single, solitary day to leave our school system for better turf. That is unacceptable to me," Heath said.

Culver said when it comes to the county's revenue cap that limits the amount of revenue that the county can collect from property taxes, he plans to keep it if reelected.

"In no way and I going to ask that the revenue cap be taken off. Do I think that it should be studied? Yes I do. Because I think people don't understand what it is, maybe a better clarification of what it is. Why it was put into effect, what causes it and what are the ramifications if we stay with the revenue cap," Culver said.

As for Hamilton, he promised to make flooded areas within the county a top priority if elected for the position. Hamilton said he doesn't think fixing flood-prone properties is a complicated issue.

"Places where they're flooded on top of roads, stuff like that. People I talk to constantly ask me why is there no work crew fixing that right now. I don't have an answer, but as county executive I absolutely will make it one of my priorities," Hamilton said.

Candidates also answered a series of questions about septic issues within the county, the Salisbury Regional Airport expansion efforts and how each would build relationships with county leaders and municipalities.

To see WBOC's One-on-One interviews with each candidate, visit the following links: 

Bob Culver

Jack Heath

John Hamilton

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