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It’s one last day of campaigning as the candidates for Mayor and City Council in Salisbury make their last pitch before tomorrow’s municipal election.

Incumbent Mayor Jake Day is facing Wayne King who describes himself as conservative Republican.

Meanwhile, there are five council seats with a number of incumbents including council president Jack Heath in District 3 who is being challenged by Riley Smith.

Three candidates are vying for District 4th that has been vacated by former Mayor Jim Ireton.

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The former Mayor of Onley Willis Kellam died this week at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.

He was mayor from 1996 to 2008.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Kellam brought the Veteran’s Day parade to the city and was known as a “Virginia Gentleman”.

He was also one of the founding members of the Society to Preserve the Onley Train Station.

The current mayor Matt Hart issued a statement calling him a great leader who improved life in the city.

He died on September 11th.

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Mayor Jake Day kicked off his re-election campaign for another term ysterday.

He declared that Salisbury was the com back city pointing the municipality’s economic growth and the revitalization efforts in the downtown area.

Day pointed to the creation of 25-hundred jobs during his time in office noting that Salisbury was Maryland’s fastest growing city.

Meanwhile, his challenger Wayne King told WBOC that he believed that city needs to be fiscally more responsible and transparent.

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Mayor Jake Day will kick off his bid for another term as Salisbury’s chief executive.

The event will take place in the downtown area that has been under renovation and development under his plans to revitalize the center of the city.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Day is expected to tout the creation of 25-hundred new jobs and the replacement of the aging water and sewer lines on Main Street.

Meanwhile, Day is overseeing the overhaul of the Riverwalk and has attracted the National Folk Festival with the second year’s event slated for early next month.

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Gary Weber has been elected to become the next Mayor of Snow Hill winning with 225 votes over his two rivals Richard Thompson with 135 votes and Cartherine Freeman with 54 votes. 

He replaces Steve Matthews who had been serving on an interim basis after Charlie Dorman stepped down last October.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that incumbent LaToya Purnell won reelection in the Western Council District over Mark Nixon – 79 votes to 48 votes.

The results could be affected by 31 absentee ballots yet to be counted and 19 provisional ballots that must be reviewed.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia GOP state lawmaker says he's not going and run for mayor of Virginia Beach because he doesn't want Republicans to lose their slim majority in the House of Delegates.

Del. Glenn Davis announced Tuesday that he's decided not to run. Davis said he had "significant concern" that his departure from the House would alter the partisan balance of power.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The city of Annapolis has a new mayor.

Gavin Buckley was sworn in Monday as the city's 137th mayor.

Buckley, a Democrat, is a local businessman who has established several restaurants along the city's West Street corridor.

Buckley campaigned on using his 25 years of local business experience to shape the city into an area that serves locals and tourists alike in Maryland's historic capital city.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Democrats ousted the Republican mayors in the Maryland cities of Frederick and Annapolis.
 
Frederick Mayor Randy McClement conceded to Democratic Alderman Michael O'Connor on Tuesday night.
 
According to unofficial tallies, O'Connor received about 58 percent of the vote, while McClement got about 36 percent.
 
McClement was hoping to serve a third term after having been the city's mayor for the past eight years.
 

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The Salisbury City Council has put off the question of increasing the salary of the Mayor.

At last night’s session council members looked at whether the salary should be increased from $25-thousand to $75-thousand a year.

It has not gone up over the last ten years.

WBOC reports that former mayor and current city council member Jim Ireton said he was against going above $40-thousand a year.

Meanwhile, council members Muir Boda and April Jackson appear to be looking at something between $50-thousand and $60-thousand a year.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The longtime mayor of a popular Delaware beach town has been ousted after more than 25 years in office.

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, who first took office in 1990, was defeated in municipal elections Saturday by Paul Kuhns, who currently serves as one of six city commissioners.

Kuhns garnered 761 votes, while Cooper got 543 votes.

In other results, incumbent Kathy McGuiness and newcomer Lisa Schlosser were elected commissioners.

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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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Mayor Jim Ireton overwhelmed his opponent Roger Mazzullo in last week's City Council elections in District 4. But could he be a lone voice on the council when it comes to rental issues in the city? In part 1 of our interview with the Mayor we talked about those issues and how they will play out on the council.

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Mayor-elect Jake Day will be taking the helm in the wake of yesterday’s city election which also saw a dramatic change in the city council.

Day ran unopposed as did council vice president Laura Mitchell.

The Mayor-elect said, “This is going to be a different council and they’re all going to have to work together. I am excited for them. They have to be a team. And, we have to be a team as a city.

For voters there was a myriad of issues on their minds:

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Mayor Jim Ireton will not be leaving Salisbury politics quite yet.

He plans to return to the City Council filing as a candidate in District 4 that covers the downtown area as well as Newtown.

Ireton was elected to his job in 2009 succeeding Mayor Barrie  Tilghman.

Ireton served on the council in the late 1990’s.

The mayor points to accomplishments including hiring the city’s first female police chief and the development of the downtown area.

Council member Shanie Shields said that Ireton had been a pro-neighborhood mayor.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says many Americans living in cities are worse off than they were eight years ago, and Democrats in Washington wasted a chance to stop that from happening.

The former Baltimore mayor is considering a run against Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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The Dover City Council has decided it wants to give its mayor less power not more.

Two weeks ago the council had decided to give the Mayor more authority.

But during last night’s meeting the council president David Bonar said the panel was just trying to fix a mistake it made two weeks ago.

It had voted 5-to-2 to have most of the city departments report directly to the city manager who would in turn the mayor.

But last night the council voted to have the city manager report to the city council with most departments reporting to the city council.

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The mayor of Dover may be getting more involved in the day-to-day activities of the city.  

During a Monday meeting of city officials council member Bill Hare proposed requiring that the city departments report to the city manager who would then report to the Mayor’s office.

But the city manager’s job would still be under the city council.

The vote for the plan was 5-to-2.