Susan Marshall Harrison running for Pocomoke City mayor
POCOMOKE CITY, Md. – Three candidates are running to lead Pocomoke City, a race that’s highly anticipated because of recent controversy in the town.
“If you don’t want change, if you want things to continue as they’ve been going in Pocomoke, then I’m not the one you’re looking for,” says Susan Marshall Harrison.
Susan Marshall Harrison is hopeful the promise of change will win her the seat as next Pocomoke City Mayor. Born and raised in Pocomoke, she’s no stranger to the area and it’s issues.
“I have a passion for bringing Pocomoke together so that we can become united and move forward in a positive direction,” says Harrison. “I think council needs to be a little more open to listening to the citizens.”
Harrison says one of her top priorities, if elected in April, would be to continue to address the town’s aging rusty pipes. “I constantly hear of people who are experiencing orange hair, nails, rusty appliances, who are afraid to drink the water for health reasons and some of them have even shared with me that they’ve been sick from the water.”
The retired Richmond music educator is also focused on resources for kids and would look to bring organizations like the Boys and Girls Club or Salvation Army to the area. “I know those resources are available and we don’t have them in Pocomoke at the present.”
The candidate’s platform also includes plans to revitalize the area by harnessing the power of grants. “I would like to see the city give incentives to investors and business men and women who would like to come in an renovate the buildings and turn them into thriving business that will serve our community.”
Overall, Harrison says she wants to unite the different communities across Pocomoke to create a more inclusive environment and learn from mistakes in the past. “I think by working with different parts of the community, the African American community, the Haitian community, the Hispanic community, we can cross those challenges and win in the end.”
Pocomoke’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 sat down with one of the other mayoral candidates, Jackie Ward, on Monday. Click here to see that story.
On Thursday, 47 ABC sat down with Mike Shannon who is also running for mayor. Click here to see that story.
A 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.