Council District 1: Jackson wins second term

Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson easily won re-election to her District 1 seat, edging out challengers Timothy Sheppard and Mable E. Marshall.

April Jackson.

Jackson received 267 votes, followed by Sheppard with 120 and Marshall with 28.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Jackson said during an election night party at Brew River. “I’m very pleased to be ack.”

Jackson’s focus since her election four years ago has been on economic development and job growth in District 1, the minority majority district that covers the West Side as well as parts of the Camden Avenue area. She also wants the city to turn more attention to rehabilitating blighted properties.

The daughter of the late community leader Billy Gene Jackson, the councilwoman said she wants to create her own legacy apart from the father’s. Part of that is working together with the mayor and other council members.

Jackson was first elected to the City Council in 2015, beating incumbent Shanie Shields.

Sheppard, a Spring  Avenue resident and newcomer to city politics, said

moved away to pursue a career in the culinary arts and hospitality industry, but came home in 2016 to care for a relative. He soon got involved serving on the Chipman Center board where he met Shields who encouraged him to run for office.

Marshall of East Lincoln Avenue, the third candidate in District 1, did not actively campaign and declined to be interviewed by the newspaper.

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