Final Salisbury campaign finance reports released

The five members of the Salisbury City Council were sworn into office at a formal event held in November at Salisbury’s Fire Department Headquarters. From left are: Michele Gregory, Angela Blake, Jack Heath, Muir Boda and April Jackson.

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day took in more than $59,000 in campaign contributions for his re-election bid, an amount that far exceeded the $24,910 he raised in 2015, according to a final campaign financial report.

Day’s opponent, Wayne King, reported he had received no more campaign contributions or had any other activity since his initial finance report that stated he had raised $875 from seven donors.

Candidates in the city’s Nov. 5 election were required to file their final reports by Dec. 20. The first round of campaign finance reports were due Oct. 29, seven days before the election.

Day reported his campaign had spent $58,070.61 on election-related events, advertising and materials. The remaining $979.39 balance in the account was moved to a separate account Jake Day for Maryland for future use.

In the District 1 race for City Council, incumbent Councilwoman April Jackson reported she had closed her campaign account and transferred the remaining $1.89 to the Salisbury Advisory Council on Youth Activities.

Jackson opponent Timothy Sheppard reported he had spent $199.40 on a loan repayment and $250 toward an election night victory party.

Mable E. Marshal, who also ran in District 1, reported she had raised less than $600, which does not require filing a financial report.

District 2 Councilman Muir Boda, who ran unopposed, reported an additional $250 contribution above the $1,740 he reported in October. He also disbursed $532.59 from his account, including $95 to Give Kids the World and $100 to the Fenix Youth Project. He also paid $250 toward the election night party and $87.59 to the city to help cover election costs.

In District 3, incumbent Councilman Jack Heath also reported a $250 contribution in addition to the $4,825 he reported in October. His campaign paid out $2,650, including $500 to Operation We Care, $588.06 to Joseph House and $200 to the Wicomico Public Library. He also paid $700 to Brew River for the election night party.

Heath’s opponent, Riley S. Smith, reported he had raised less than $600.

District 4 winner Michele Gregory reported an additional $55 in campaign contributions above the $905 she reported in October. She also paid out an additional $368.16 for campaign-related expenses.

Her opponent, Jonathan Taylor, reported no activity.

District 5 Councilwoman Angela Blake reported she had raised a total of $1,796 and paid out an equal amount, including 42 cents to the city.

Blake’s opponent, Shawn Jester, reported a total of $3,435 in contributions, $3,444.43 in expenses and $128.67 in in-kind contributions.

All of the reports can be found online at salisbury.md/campaign-financials-12-20-19.

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