Mayor Day to announce his re-election bid Tuesday

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day will kick off his re-election campaign on Tuesday with a public event on the Downtown Plaza, followed by a fundraising reception at Roadie Joe’s Bar & Grill.

Day, a former City Council member who was elected mayor four years ago, points to the numerous programs and infrastructure projects that have gotten underway since then.

“I’m not done yet,” he said. “We’re on our way to a lot of good things, but we can make (the changes) irreversible in four more years.”

Under Day’s watch, 2,500 new jobs have been created in Salisbury, the city has undertaken a program to find housing for homeless residents and a major project got started on Main Street to replace aging water and sewer lines below ground and to make aesthetic improvements to sidewalks, streetlights and landscaping. 

The mayor has also overseen a complete overhaul of the Riverwalk, including the construction of a new amphitheater, the sale of several city parking lots to developers and the launch of the Salisbury Marathon.

Day also helped attract the National Folk Festival to Salisbury over a three-year span. This year’s event – the second in the city — is scheduled for Sept. 6-8.

The public campaign kickoff will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 6 p.m. on the Downtown Plaza. The fundraising reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Roadie Joe’s with contribution levels starting at $50.

“It’s a nice way to get things started,” Day said.

So far, Day has one challenger: Priscilla Street resident Wayne King.

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

Incumbent Councilmen Muir Boda and Jack Heath have filed in Districts 2 and 3, respectively, with no opposition so far.

Michele Gregory has filed to run in District 4, a seat currently held by Jim Ireton who, so far, has not filed.

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 filing deadline for the 2019 city election is 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

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