Mike Shannon running for Pocomoke City mayor

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – The three candidates for Pocomoke City mayor aren’t wasting any time laying out their plans for the town’s future.

“I don’t want to see Pocomoke fail. I want to see us grow, to get bigger. I want to see better things from Pocomoke,” says Mike Shannon.

Shannon prides himself in being a resident of Pocomoke City for 51 years but admits the town needs to come into the 21st century. So he’s running for mayor. “I just think it hasn’t grown with the times. I think we’ve kind of been stuck back,” says Shannon.

Shannon has been a volunteer firefighter for Pocomoke for the past 30 years and has spearheaded multiple town events. He believes once problems below the surface are addressed including drainage, sewers and water the town can put more effort into growing the economy. “And if we do update things and get things that are broke fixed then it all comes full circle it helps the whole economy. It all works together.”

The lifelong Pocomoke resident thinks they can also learn a few things from Salisbury and Berlin when it comes to economic development and even use larger resources. “We really need to get with the state economic development board and try to grow things to our industrial park that we have to bring more jobs to Pocomoke.”

Shannon says Pocomoke’s motto, “the friendliest town on the Eastern Shore”, has gotten lost over time. “At the end of the day, you still live next door to your neighbor and we all consider each other neighbors in the town and we really need to grow from that and become that family again.”

As for past controversies, Shannon would like officials to take more time with the hiring process and do more thorough background checks. “I really think that if the council, including the mayor and everyone else, was to take a little more of a deeper look into things before they just pursue it,” says Shannon. “I know we have a lot of unrest in our town with all the things that have gone on in the past but I’m looking to move forward.”

The town’s current mayor, Bruce Morrison, is not seeking re-election. This comes after he suffered a health complication in 2017 that restricted his ability to speak.

47 ABC also sat down with the two other mayoral candidates, Jackie Ward and Susan Marshall Harrison. Click here to see the story with Ward. Click here to see the story with Harrison.

Municipal Election will be held at the Pocomoke Library at 301 Market Street on Tuesday, April 7th to elect a City Councilmember for District 3 and also for the Mayoral seat. The last day to register to vote is March 9th. The term of office will be for three years beginning on the second Tuesday in April 2020. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots are available by first contacting the City Clerk at City Hall at 410-957-1333. Absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 3rd and mailed to: Pocomoke City Board of Elections, PO Box 29, Pocomoke City, MD 21851.

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