District 4 contender drops from City Council race

Johnsons Lake neighborhood resident Carol Smith has withdrawn as a candidate for Salisbury City Council a week after the filing deadline.

Carol Smith.

In a letter to the newspaper, Smith said at the time she filed, there was only one other candidate in District 4, Michelle Gregory.

“I strongly believe elections should always have a least two candidates to discuss and offer suggestions and solutions in a public forum,” she said.

But later that day, a third candidate, Jonathan Taylor, filed to run in District 4.

“Had I known this, I would have considered the value of my entry verse the tradeoffs and risk involved,” she said. “It was not my intention to be a spoiler, to split the race with another candidate with a similar platform.”

Gregory and Taylor will vie for the seat currently held by Councilman Jim Ireton who has decided not to seek re-election.

Ireton, who also is a former two-term mayor, has said he wants to focus on personal and professional goals rather than politics.

In other races, incumbent Mayor Jake Day is being challenged by Wayne King.

In the other City Council races, incumbent Councilwoman April Jackson will run again for the District 1 seat that she won in 2015. She is being challenged by Timothy Sheppard and Mable E. Marshall.

City Council President Jack Heath, who represents District 3, will face Riley S. Smith.

District 2 incumbent Councilman Muir Boda has no opposition.

In District 5, Shawn Jester has filed to run against Councilwoman Angela Blake who was appointed to the council in February to replace R. Hardy Rudasill who resigned from the seat the month before.

The nonpartisan election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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