Jake Day announces Salisbury mayoral bid

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Salisbury City Council President Jake Day is running for mayor.

After being introduced by his wife, Liz, on Wednesday night, he announced his intention to seek office at the anticipated Join the Journey with Jake Party, at Headquarters Live.

For several days, he had been posting reminders of the event on Facebook, saying he had a special announcement and fueling speculation he would file for mayor, after serving two years as City Council president.

The 33-year-old Day will formally file, he said, in hopes of succeeding Mayor Jim Ireton, who is finishing his second term and won’t seek a third.

This week Ireton said both he and Salisbury residents  are “excited about a Jake Day candidacy for mayor.”

“I will support him wholeheartedly. I will work with him every day to deliver a city to him that is safe and sound and ready for the direction his vision will take it. Though my decisions about a future are undecided at this point, I will continue to work every day until and after the November election on neighborhood stabilization and the continued revitalization and development of downtown,” the 45-year-old Ireton said.

Day developed an interest in political navigation at a tender age. When he was 7 he wrote a letter to President George Bush and he received a note and picture of George and Barbara Bush.  He isn’t sure where that letter is today – probably nicely preserved by his mother – but his aspirations remain in leadership.

An urban planner and U.S. Army officer, Day, was born and raised in the Camden neighborhood of Salisbury, where he now lives. Formerly a  planning commissioner and member of the board of housing appeals, Day earned a bachelor of science degree in architecture from the University of Maryland; master of science degree in Nature, Society & Environmental Policy from Oxford University; and master of Urban Design degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

In his career revitalizing downtowns, he has worked for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and as director of the Center for Towns.

He was national president of the American Institute of Architecture Students and editor of Crit, a journal of architecture.

In the Army, he is a lieutenant, serving as aide-de-camp to Brigadier General Hinz, assistant adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard.

Day is a graduate of the Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, Officer Candidate School and Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. He was platoon leader and executive officer in the 1-158th Cavalry Regiment of the 58th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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