District 3: Heath is council winner by wide margin

There was a time when Jack Heath ran for City Council and lost, but on Tuesday he was victorious, and that victory means he’ll represent District 3.

Heath received 267 votes, defeating fellow incumbent Tim Spies, who got 145. Newcomer Kevin Lindsay had 75 votes. A total of 1,444 people voted, representing 10.73 percent of those registered. Absentee ballots haven’t yet been counted, according to information provided by the board of elections.

Before the election, Heath was serving the remainder of former City Councilwoman Terry Cohen’s term. When she resigned unexpectedly, he was appointed.

A chemical engineer, he has operated several businesses during his career, was involved in manufacturing, appointed CEO and, later, after retirement, went back to work and ran Lower Shore Enterprises.

Like all the candidates, he strongly supports the growing downtown, but wants to see incentives to attract manufacturing companies and increase jobs in Salisbury.

He’d like to see intervention for at-risk youth, plans to reduce juvenile crime and good reasons for Salisbury University graduates to stay in town after they graduate.

A supporter of arts and entertainment, Heath called them catalysts for the future of downtown. Projects such as high-speed broadband allow for greater technology there, he said.

He also wants to see multi-use development on city-owned parking lots.

Heath said his business experience, and experience at Lower Shore Enterprises, make him a better councilman.

“I have applied some of the best practices in my business career to the government sector,” the 68-year-old said.

Among them is fiscal responsibility, as well as protecting financial stability. He doesn’t believe in reducing the city’s surplus budget unless there’s an emergency, saying, “that’s what the surplus is there for.”

In well-run government, accountability is necessary, and setting goals and objectives, he said.

Concerning the proposed curfew and juvenile crime, Heath said a curfew has to go hand-in-hand with government programs, businesses and churches whose associates are committed to working with youth.  “Let’s not forget it takes a village,” he said.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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