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Mayoral Candidates Plan Changes For Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md. - Campaigning is underway for the two candidates vying for the office of Salisbury Mayor.

Known for their opposing views, incumbent Mayor Jim Ireton and opponent Joe Albero have a common goal, to help transform Salisbury into a business-friendly city.

Albero says it's time for a change and "a lot of people see a lot of empty spaces around Salisbury, a lot of homes for sale around Salisbury."

He says he will treat Salisbury like a company, trying to sell other big businesses on the positives of the city, including the local airport.  

"Everyone agrees that for the last 16 years there have been very few images of either Mayor [Barrie] Tilghman or Mayor Ireton cutting a ribbon for a new business opening up in Salisbury."

But Ireton says "the people that have left the downtown are people that didn't have a business plan that would work there. My opponent seems to want to blame Salisbury for that being a problem."

The mayor explains his plan of revitalizing downtown Salisbury, which would give incentives to businesses.

"I want to draw a ring around the downtown and say 'this is an [equivalent dwelling unites] free zone,'" said Ireton. "[It will make] it less expensive for developers to build here and less expensive for development to happen.

"I'm going to be happy when I see cranes downtown building stuff."

The candidates will meet for a Public Forum on March 26th.  It starts at 7:00 PM in the Wicomico Room at the Guerrieri Center of Salisbury University.

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