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Salisbury residents will honor the late community activist Billy Gene Jackson who died last week at the age of 77.

There will be a candle light vigil at 7 p.m. on June 5th  at the park that is named after him.

The following day on June 6h a memorial service will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

An activist as far back as the 1960’s Jackson initiated a lawsuit in 1987 that ultimately required Salisbury to include its first black city council member.


It’s Election Day in Salisbury.

Topping the list is that of the race for Mayor where incumbent Jim Ireton is facing off against Delmarva blogger Joe Albero.

In the money race Ireton comes out ahead with a commanding lead of over $10-thousand to $71-hundred for Albero.

At one time, Albero had been supportive of Ireton.

Meanwhile, in District 2 two term incumbent Council Vice President Debbie Campbell is being challenged by urban planner Jake Day…who overwhelmed her in the primary with over 800 votes around 300.

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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.



Democracy in Salisbury’s District 1 is still a work in progress with the outcome for second place still in doubt.

The top two finishers in the primary will go onto to compete in next month’s general election.

Cynthia Polk and April Jackson with 12 absentee ballots counted yesterday still put Polk one vote ahead at 62-to61.

Incumbent Council member Shanie Shields picked up 14 votes increasing her count to 69.


Cynthia Polk is returning to take another shot at Salisbury’s First Council district.

She lost incumbent Shanie Shields by a one vote last time around.

Polk once worked at the Wayne Division of Dresser Equipment Group noting that it provided jobs and stimulated the local economy.

The majority-minority district primary next month we also see a challenge by April Jackson whose father brought the lawsuit that created the predominantly African American seat on the council.


A contest is set for Salisbury’s First Council district.

April Jackson, whose father sued the city to create the majority-minority district filed papers to run against incumbent Shanie Shields in this year’s municipal elections.

She is a local activist who has organized marches against crime and served on the Wicomico County Recreation and Parks Commission. 

Jackson told the Salisbury Daily Times that she has heard nothing but negative things about the district and wants this to be – in her words – a positive community.