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Salisbury Council member Terry Cohen says she is resigning citing family obligations in the coming months.

Her resignation date is effective August 8th.

Cohen made the announcement at the end of last night’s meeting.

She said in the last ten months or so she and her family have had major life changes that include a recent tragic loss.

Cohen said what lies ahead will demand too much attention to continue on the council at the level she demands of herself.

Cohen was elected in 2007 and won a second term in 2011.

Don Rush

The Salisbury City Council last night unanimously approved a $53 million budget that will raise property taxes for the first time in years.

The rate will go from $8.19 to $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.

The increase represents the revenue problem faced by Salisbury in the face of an 8 percent drop in the town’s property tax base due to the Great Recession.

There is a 2 percent pay raise for city employees and as well as money to maintain the pay increases for the police department.

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.

Salisbury City Council District 2 Race

Guests: Jake Day, candidate for City Council, District 2,

Debbie Campbell, current Salisbury City Council Vice President.


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.

Two term City Council member Debbie Campbell fell far behind her challenger in Salisbury’s primary yesterday.

Jake Day led by a 3-to-1 margin garnering 803 votes to Campbell’s 271 in District 2. 

The third candidate in the race Jack Heath CEO of Lower shore Enterprises came in third with 197 votes.

There are 140 absentee ballots still to be counted tomorrow.

Then there are provisional ballots that will be counted on March 6th and 8th.

Meanwhile, in District 2 incumbent Shanie Shields led businesswoman Cynthia Polk by a 55 to 40 vote margin.

Voters in Salisbury go to the polls today to choose the finalists for the general election in April for two council districts.

District 2

In the at-large District 2 incumbent Debbie Campbell is seeking a third term and faces redevelopment activist Jake Day and nonprofit executive Jack Heath.

The issues highlighted by the candidates range from revitalizing downtown and attracting businesses to homeownership.

The Salisbury City Council gave the current acting fire chief an extension through the end of the month during an emergency council session yesterday.

But the Council majority said that Mayor Jim Ireton must show progress toward choosing a permanent replacement.

The council rejected Ireton’s previous nomination of Rick Hoppes to permanently succeed Jeff Simpson.

In January of 2012 Hoppes was appointed to serve as fire chief for six months or until a successor could be found.


The Salisbury City Council rejected a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would have funded 12 new firefighting positions over the next two years.

During last night’s work session Council member Debbie Campbell cited a bureaucratic requirement that the governing body approve the application before being submitted.

The Salisbury Daily Times also reports that Council President Terry Cohen said she wanted to know how the new positions would be affected if the city had to lay off staff members.