Angela Blake wins appointment to City Council

Angela M. Blake was sworn in as the new Salisbury City Council member on Monday night, filling the seat vacated by former councilman Hardy Rudasill, who resigned last month.

Blake, who will represent the city’s east side, comprising District 5, was selected from among three applicants for the position. To win the post, she had to prevail in a closed interview with the Council.

Council approved her appointment unanimously on Monday by a 3-0 vote, with Councilman Jim Ireton absent.

Council President Jack Heath said he is looking forward to working with her.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, who previously praised Blake for not being a partisan politician, said she will fit in well with fellow Council members.

“Based on her interview and first night with us, I think Angela will do well. She clearly has the best interest of the city and her neighbors at heart,” the mayor said.

Blake, a native of Kent County who has lived in Salisbury about 30 years, is employed full time with the Wicomico County Board of Education, where she is a social worker for students.

She is also a children’s therapist at Balanced Life Counseling Services.

Her dogs, two Shih Tzus named Mr. Bailey and Miss Bella, participate in the therapy.

She sought the City Council seat after Rudasill and, before him, Councilwoman Laura Mitchell, resigned because she felt District 5 was having “fragmented representation.”

“I live in District 5. There were a lot of questions about the development going on and with some of the smaller neighborhood areas, questions about infrastructure, so I kept thinking about it and I thought I really could make a difference here,” Blake told the Salisbury Independent.

“I am here in Salisbury. I don’t have any plans to go anywhere. I think I could be stability for that District 5 seat.

“I would like to see momentum continue to keep our parks and our open areas user friendly and clean. I’d like to be able to be sure we manage development and growth in a very planned, meaningful, purposeful way in that district,” she said.

The mother of 24-year-old Kenneth Ackerson, an engineer in Manhattan, N.Y., Blake has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

After being sworn in by Circuit Court Clerk Bo McAllister Monday night, she took the dais seat previously occupied by Rudasill.

Her first formal vote was approving the night’s consent agenda, which passed unanimously.

Her term will end on Nov. 5, when she will be able to seek election to a full term, if she chooses.

The annual salary for council members is $10,000, with the Council President being paid $12,000 annually.

Rudasill, 40, a native of Prince George’s County, is a lawyer who said he enjoyed serving on the council but would close his local law office and move to Baltimore, where he will be involved in public interest law.

His final City Council meeting was in late January.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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