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A challenge to the famed 4-to-2 law that limits the number of unrelated people who can live in one house in Salisbury has finally been resolved.

A landlord had challenged the measure.

But a U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed the case ruling that the challenge was moot given that the lease on the house had already been terminated.

Mayor Jake Day told the Salisbury Daily Times that he was pleased to see the law was left in place.

Adams Housing LLC had sought $750-thousand in damages after a College Avenue house was ruled in violation of the 4-to-2.

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Shawn Bradley has become the first Republican to enter the race for Clerk of the Court in Wicomico County.

Bradley has had 20 years of experience in business and is president of the local Republican Club.

He would be replacing the outgoing Mark Bowen who will be leaving the office after the November elections next year.

Bradley had not but praise for Bowen who he described as a consummate profession.

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Former Mayor Jim Ireton who now occupies a seat on the Salisbury City Council has decided to make a run for clerk of the court in Wicomico County.

During his announcement on the steps of the Government Office Building he said his decision was about public service.

Ireton sited his administrative experience as mayor overseeing a city government of 400 people with a budget of more than $50 million.

The clerk position is locally elected and oversees civil, criminal and juvenile responsibilities.

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Several hundred protesters showed up in front of city hall in downtown Salisbury on Saturday.

The principle rally was called by opponents of President Donald Trump’s policies in particular on immigrant rights and the travel ban that affects seven Muslim majority countries.

City council member and former Mayor Jim Ireton told the crowd that people must “…rise up against this Muslim ban and this ridiculous wall.”

That latter refers to President Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

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Local officials have plans to remake Crossroads of Delmarva.

Mayor Jake Day has presented plans to develop a nine mile pathway cutting through the heart of Salisbury.

The price tag is over $14 million and the city council members appear to be on board.  

Delmarva Public Radio’s Hayden Donnelly prepared this report.


The Salisbury City Council decided not to hire the law firm of Cockey, Brennan and Maloney last night.

There were two no votes and one abstention.

The abstention came from R. Hardy Rudasill who has just come on the council to replace Laura Mitchell.            

He said that he had a conflict of interest since he worked for the firm.

Council members Jim Ireton and April Jackson rejected the law firm while Jack Heath and Muir Boda voted yes.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Robin Cockey represented the City Council from 1986 to 1994.


Laura Mitchell left the Salisbury City Council this week. She came in at a time of great political turmoil as the city faced some of its toughest challenges. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Mitchell as she settled in at her new home in Montgomery County about her experience and the issues that she faced at the time.

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The voting is over and the presidential front runners came out the winners last night.

Donald Trump swept the primary states while Clinton won four including Maryland and Delaware.

In Maryland Clinton overwhelmed Senator Bernie Sanders 63 percent to 33 percent while Trump trounced his rivals picking up 54 percent of the vote.

In Delaware Clinton beat Sanders by 60 percent to 39 percent while Trump won 61 percent of the vote.

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The 4-to-2 law that restricts the number of tenants in a home in Salisbury is being challenged by a landlord who is seeking $750-thousand in damages.

The defendants include the city and former Mayor Jim Ireton.

The former mayor who is currently running for congress in Maryland’s First District pushed to clean up poorly kept rentals.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Adams Housing LLC says that it was in compliance with the law because two of the three tenants were related.

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Jim Ireton made it official kicking off his campaign for Maryland’s First Congressional District in Crisfield this morning.

Fresh off his victory for the Salisbury City election after concluding two terms as the city’s Mayor the Democrat emphasized what he described as the incumbent’s failure to come to the aid of local governments on the Eastern Shore.

"We need a congressman who will go to Washington to make a difference not a point," he declared.