minority representation

Don Rush

Salisbury is moving toward drawing up five separate districts for its city council from the two districts it now has.

Council President Jake Day along with council Vice President Laura Mitchell and council member Shanie Shields voted to put the plan on the August 11th meeting agenda.

Supporters of the plan say they want the system in place for the September 9th primary next year.

But objections came from to other council members.

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With more than 400 employees the Salisbury’s government work force is less diverse than the city is as a whole.

The Council members agreed to create a task force during a work session last night that would to look at the lack of representation.

Council President Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that “the numbers reflect the numbers of the community.”