Salisbury election field is set; Ireton not running

Salisbury residents will face choices for mayor and four of the five City Council seats in the upcoming city election, but Councilman Jim Ireton won’t be among the names on the ballot.

Jim Ireton.

Ireton, who also is a former mayor, did not file for re-election to his District 4 seat by Tuesday’s 4:30 p.m. filing deadline.

Now 49 years old, Ireton said he has been active in local politics since he was 19.

“For the past 30 years, politics has taken a front seat to the professional and personal,” he said. “Now I’m ready to move on.”

Three candidates will now be vying for his seat in District 4: Michele Gregory of Parkway Avenue, Carol Smith of New York Avenue and Jonathan Taylor of Mill Pond Lane.

Gregory, an early childhood educator who has lived in Salisbury for 20 years, kicked off her election bid Monday evening with a campaign event at Poplar Hill Mansion

Taylor, a local web blog operator, and Smith were both last-minute filers on Tuesday.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Jake Day, a former City Council member who was elected mayor four years ago, has one challenger: Priscilla Street resident Wayne King.

King, who brands himself as a fiscal conservative, said he will “bring common sense leadership to the problems facing our community.” He is planning a campaign rally and concert with the Mercury Agenda Band this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheater.

Day, a Terrie Court resident who has launched numerous programs and infrastructure projects during his time in office, kicked off his re-election bid on Aug. 13 with a public event on the Downtown Plaza and a private fundraising reception at Roadie Joe’s Bar & Grill.

In the City Council races, incumbent Councilwoman April Jackson, a Parsons Road resident, has filed to run again for the District 1 seat that she won in 2015. She is being challenged by Timothy Sheppard of Spring Avenue and Mable E. Marshall of East Lincoln Avenue.

City Council President Jack Heath, a Sandy Bottom Court resident who represents District 3, will face Riley S. Smith of South Boulevard.

District 2 incumbent Councilman Muir Boda of Decatur Avenue has no opposition.

In District 5, Shawn Jester of Centenary Drive has filed to run against Councilwoman Angela Blake, a Sandstone Court resident. Blake 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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