Jack Heath files for Salisbury City Council

Salisbury City Council President Jack Heath has filed for re-election, making him the first candidate to seek a seat on the Council in the Nov. 5 election.

Heath, 71, a native of New Jersey, filed on Jan. 7.

He said he was sometimes asked if he would file for re-election and replied he would if he felt he was doing a good job and the City Council was moving forward with goals for the betterment of the city,

In August 2014, City Council members selected him to fill the seat held by Councilwoman Terry Cohen, who resigned.

The former CEO of Lower Shore Enterprises, Heath had been a candidate in the previous Council race and lost to Jake Day, who went on to become mayor.

After the appointment, Heath was elected to the Council and voted in as Council president.

Last year, he ran for County Executive, but was defeated in November by incumbent Bob Culver.

During the campaign, he said if he were elected, he wouldn’t be quick to propose tax increases.

“That is not always the solution to the problem. There are enough efficiencies we can find in government to protect the tax structure that we have. If we can get and attract more businesses to the community, the tax burden on the citizens becomes a lot less,” he said.

He listed among priorities funding education, including curricula, school buildings and outdated technology.

Filing deadline for the city’s non-partisan election will be at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 20.

Candidate packets containing information describing requirements to become a candidate are available for download on the City of Salisbury website.

Candidate packets may also be picked up at the city clerk’s office at the Government Office Building on North Division Street.


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