Last Salisbury University Campus Debate by City Candidates

Mar 27, 2013

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Mayoral and city council candidates  met last night for the last of their debates on the campus of Salisbury University as they face off in next week’s election.

In the most contentious race Mayor Jim Ireton was pressed about when he planned to send up a name to fill the long vacant position of Fire Chief.

The Mayor responded that he would do so when “…it was ready to go.”

Meanwhile, challenger Joe Albero is a local blogger who has been sharply critical of the Salisbury Zoo.

But when asked if he had ever called for shutting it down Albero said he couldn’t recall “every saying I’d come close to shutting down the zoo.”

In the council races candidates emphasized bringing more businesses to the city.

In District 1 incumbent Shanie Shields as well as challengers April Jackson and Cynthia Polk said they would work to bring new business into the city.

And in District 2 incumbent Council Vice President Debbie Campbell said that the wastewater tax was a burden on new businesses and needed to be addressed.

Her challenger urban planner Jake Day said he would zero in on the city’s brain drain to encourage new businesses.