Council District 4: Gregory wins easily over Taylor

Michele Gregory of Parkway Avenue will become a new member of the City Council, following her easy win Tuesday over Jonathan Taylor of Mill Pond Lane.

Michele Gregory.

Gregory captured 439 votes to104 votes for Taylor.

The District 4 battle was the only city race that featured no incumbents. Councilman Jim Ireton, who also previously served as the city’s Mayor, did not seek re-election to his seat.

Gregory, an early childhood educator who has lived in Salisbury for 20 years, said during the campaign that she would continue Ireton’s well-known focus on neighborhoods.

“I’m very excited to get started,” Gregory said at an election night victory party at Brew River. “I can’t wait.”

Though the election is nonpartisan in its format, Gregory is a leader in the local Democratic Club. She ran for County Council against Republican Larry Dodd last year, but failed to win the county’s District 3 seat.

Gregory has said Mayor Jake Day and the City Council are doing a good job, and have made great improvements in terms of civility on the council. She said she doesn’t want to see any backsliding into petty fighting as in years past.

While the city has been going in the right direction for the most part, Gregory would like to see a bigger push to build affordable housing in Salisbury.

“Rent in this city is kind of outrageous,” she said.

She believes city officials should do more to have face-to-face contact with neighborhood residents and do more to bring in federal programs, including one that allows Section 8 tenants to put money toward owning a home.

Taylor, a longtime local web log operator, did not mount a campaign. He declined to be interviewed for news stories and filed campaign reports that listed no money being either spent or raised.

A third candidate, Carol Smith of New York Avenue, withdrew her name shortly after the Aug. 20 filing deadline.

Muir Boda.

Meanwhile, in District 2, Councilman Muir Boda ran unopposed. On Tuesday, he received 151 votes.

A native of Tilghman Island, Boda is Vice President of the City Council and President of the Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities.

Among his and the council’s accomplishments, Boda has listed plans for Main Street and the bike path, hosting the National Folk Festival, equipping police with body cameras, approving a pay structure for city employees, laying groundwork for converting city parking lots into privately developed projects and starting Housing First to help the homeless.

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