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Salisbury Mayoral Candidates Clash in SU Forum

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SALISBURY, Md.- Election day is less than two weeks away, and the candidates vying for Salisbury mayor faced off Wednesday night.

Mayor Jake Day and challenger Wayne King participated in a candidate forum, hosted by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Greater Salisbury Committee and PACE at Salisbury University.

"Well it was a lively debate," Joe Venosa of Salisbury said.

Both had time to give opening remarks.

"We are working hard, running hard every single day to transform this community, to leave it as nothing less than the greatest small city in America," Day said.

They were also allotted time to close out the forum with a few comments.

"Yes I do agree. You could be anything you want. You could be a communist in the United States also," King said. "But let me tell you something. We've got Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, now New York City, that are all ran by progressives. and they are running their cities into the ground."

Day and King responded to questions from the moderators and the audience. Questions ranged from a wide variety of topics, including county and city relations, public transportation, and a city liquor board. One of the big items was crime.

"We're keeping our officers and we have the number one fastest dropping crime rate in America from 2007 to 2017," Day said.

Though King said: "I do not believe crime is going down. Just ask your neighbors."

The city's economic growth was also a key topic. King said he believes other neighborhoods should see the attention the downtown area has received.

 "I know our neighbors are not happy with all the money and all the work going into the downtown," King said. "I don't agree with it. I don't think it's right. I think we have busted up sidewalks, we have busted up streets."

Though Day said downtown is the heart of the city.

"You fail to get your downtown right, and your economy fails. It's a story that's been told time and again and it was true in this town. But we have turned that around," Day said. "And we're not going to let it down because the downtown is not just one of the neighborhoods; it is also critically a city's central business district. It is a city asset. It belongs to everyone." 

Salisbury's municipal elections will be held Nov. 5. Salisbury residents will also be asked to vote for city council.

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