Thank You

What an incredible night.  With the help of 6 Eastern Shore counties, we took about 48% of the vote.  Though I couldn’t reach Joe Werner this evening, I endorse him and wish him the best of luck against Andy Harris in the fall.  My greatest appreciation goes out to our volunteers and my family for supporting me in this incredible task.  I look forward to continuing to serve my neighbors in Council District 4 here in Salisbury.

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City Goal Setting Session – You are Invited

City Seeks Public Input at Goal Setting Session

Salisbury – Mayor Jake Day today announced that the City will hold a goal setting session this coming Friday, December 4th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Worcester Room of the Commons Building at Salisbury University. The session will be moderated by independent facilitators, Tri Community Mediation.

Community stakeholders and members of the public are invited to join the Mayor, Council, Administration, and department heads in identifying and discussing city goals for the coming years. Citizen input is strongly encouraged.

“It is important to me that our councilmembers, department heads, community partners, and the public identify what they want our city to achieve in the coming years,” said Mayor Day. “This is a team effort.”

I look forward to the public participating! Jim

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Why Am I Running For Salisbury City Council District 4?


 Jim Ireton for Council! 
 Education: BA Salisbury University, MA Notre Dame of Maryland University
 Profession:  Educator (24 years), Mayor of Salisbury 2009 – Present
 Why are you running for office?  Besides the priorities of Downtown and the Arts District, community policing expansion, and infrastructure improvements; the single biggest reason is the revitalization of our single family neighborhoods and the protection of our renters from rent that is far more expensive than it should be for the average pay our citizens make.  Our property values will continue idle if we don’t aggressively deal with the issue of non-conforming use structures.  Neighborhoods are awaiting the city council to boldly pass legislation that deals with non-conforming uses, stops over occupancy issues and protects our young families and the elderly from properties that disrupt our quality of life.  My votes on city council will always reflect the need to improve our neighborhoods.
 What are the keys issues facing the city?
·         Increasing funding for expanded community policing initiatives
·         Funding for Curfew-Plus and expanded recreation opportunities city-wide
·         In-house, full time city attorney
·         Expanding of city paving projects
·         Increase funding for the Arts community in Downtown Salisbury
·         Keeping the momentum going in Downtown Salisbury with the development of waterfront parking lots
·         Better advocating for single-family neighborhood legislation that protects neighborhoods and families and increases property values
·         Protection of the Paleo Channel – the water source for our residents
·         Fair rent for city renters
 What would you do to fix what you see as problems?  The job of a city councilperson is not administrative.  It is imperative that councilpersons work with the city mayor to find legislative solutions that work in the real world and that don’t provide loopholes for special interest groups. Council should do two things – work with the mayor on legislative issues that department heads will have to implement and make sure that the solutions to issues are funded at the appropriate levels. 
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A Donation to Jim is a Donation to Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization!

We all know that there is to much money in politics.  The same can be said for Salisbury politics.  That’s why I am capping my donations at $20 per person.  That ensures a clean process with no special interests to answer to!  That’s the way politics should be!

A Donation to Jim is a Donation to Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization!
Send your contribution of $10 or $20 dollars to “Friends of Jim Ireton” and mail them to 203 W. Philadelphia Avenue, Salisbury Maryland 21801

Authority: WM Duck, Treasurer


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Community Engagement Night! You are Invited!

August 11th, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Mayor’s Office


Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to Join Mayor Ireton,Local Leaders for Community Engagement Initiative

Salisbury – Mayor James Ireton, Jr. invites the public to participate in a candid discussion of violence in our community this Thursday, August 13th, at 7:30 p.m., at Salisbury Fire Headquarters on Cypress Street.  Maryland’s Attorney General, Brian Frosh will join the Mayor and representatives from several local outreach groups to offer insight into the ongoing efforts across our community, state, and nation to end violent crime.

“Throughout the country a debate rages about the issues that have, again, come front and center for Salisbury,” said Mayor Ireton.  “Much of the debate and discourse is less than productive.  The goal of this engagement is to address root causes, and to give the community a chance to weigh in and become aware of resources that are currently available.”

Speakers will include

Maryland Attorney General, Brian Frosh

Mayor James Ireton, Jr.

Mary Ashanti, Wicomico County Chapter, NAACP

Cindy Shifler, Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Coordinator, Wicomico County Health Department

Michele Ennis-Benn, Director, Tri-Community Mediation

Captain Kevin M. King, Administrative Captain / Asst. Facility Administrator, Poplar Hill Pre-Release Unit

Michele Hughes, Executive Director, Life Crisis Center of Wicomico County

Thelonius Williams, Office of the Mayor

Citizens are strongly encouraged to attend and participate.


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The Work Is Not Done!

The work is not done. Our neighborhoods still need a voice at the table! So with that, I start campaigning this weekend for the District 4 seat on Salisbury City Council. Downtown, Newtown, Johnson’s Lake, Sumter Point, Emerson Avenue, Poet’s Corner, Villages at Avalon, Mill Pond, Runaway Bay, Park Heights here I come!


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Mayor Ireton Praises Council For Passing Redistricting Plan

SALISBURY – Mayor James P. Ireton, Jr., congratulated the Salisbury City Council on passing a comprehensive redistricting plan for city voting districts. The plan will give the city five districts, two of which will be majority-minority districts.

The vote comes four years after Mayor Ireton first introduced a five-district plan.

“I’m proud that the City Council has adopted the redistricting plan, four years after its introduction. It will ensure the citizens  of this city are fairly represented by those living in their neighborhoods. It will expand the opportunities for all city voters, regardless of color or creed, to represent their neighbors.”

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Salisbury Zoo’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations!

Third Friday, September 19th   5pm-8pm

Join us at 3rd Friday on Main Street, Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza to celebrate the Salisbury Zoo’s 60th Anniversary. Zoo folk will be at the Third Friday event showing off the Zoo’s history and Zoo educational animals. There will be a visit from our famous costumed Wallaby and Andean Bear. Enter a chance to win a one of a kind Salisbury Zoo psychedelic 60’s t-shirt!  For more information call 410-548-3188. 

Salisbury Zoo’s 60th Anniversary Evening

September 26th   4:30pm-7:30pm

 Come celebrate the Zoo’s 60th Anniversary with your family and friends at The Salisbury Zoo! The Zoo will be open until 7:30pm on the 4th Friday of September, the 26th. The evening will be free to the public offering educational talks, demonstrations, animal enrichment, face painting, Zoo history presentations and of course cake! There will be a visit from our favorite costumed animal friends for the little ones. “Fuel Up to Play 60”  an initiative put together by the National Dairy Council and the NFL that empowers students to take get fit and eat right will be at the event with demonstrations on the stage to inform the community about the program. Nancy Ferguson, a local fiber artist will also be on hand to demonstrate how to spin alpaca wool. Mayor James Ireton will present the Zoo with a proclamation and birthday cake will be served. Special 60’s themed t-shirts will be on sale! A commemorative Zoo magnet will be given to the first several hundred families that enter the Zoo. For more information call 410-860-6880.

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Tot Lot beautification project Wednesday at Newton & Light Streets

On Wednesday, August 6th, there will be a Playground Beautification Day at the Camden-Newton Tot Lot, located at the corner of Newton and Light Streets, starting at 5:30 p.m.  There will be free hot dogs and drinks to those helping out with installing fencing, planting shrubbery and beautifying the playground.

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2014 National Night Out – Salisbury

Thanks to all who attended!

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