General Membership Luncheon Spotlights Salisbury City Council Candidates

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On October 17, 2019, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and host BEACON at Salisbury University held the Chamber’s October General Membership Luncheon on campus in the Worcester Room.

The luncheon featured a recognition presentation from Jackie Gast, Director of the Chambers’ Eastern Shore Business Leadership Network (ESBLN) and their Advisory Board members. The ESBLN has transitioned to the Salisbury Area Chamber Ticket to Work initiative. Jackie recognized the work of the organization over more than sixteen years and thanked those Advisory Board members at the luncheon for their dedicated service.

Jackie Gast, Program Director Ticket to Work

It was under the leadership of Jackie Gast that so many individuals on the lower shore were positively impacted by the services that ESBLN provided.

The main event of the Membership luncheon was the opportunity for business and organizational leaders in attendance to hear from six of the City Council candidates currently running for a seat on the Salisbury City Council. Those candidates included; Angela Blake, April Jackson, Jack Heath, Riley Smith, Shawn Jester and Michele Gregory. Each candidate outlined their experience as an incumbent Council member and the challengers spoke about their qualifications for a Council post.

The candidates covered a variety of issues and topics ranging from public safety, economic development, City Council transparency, addressing issues in some City neighborhoods, distressed areas, job growth and creation and affordable housing.

City elections for the Council and Mayor take place on Tuesday November 5, 2019.

L to R – Angela Blake, Michelle Gregory, Jack Heath, April Jackson

Riley Smith

L to R – Angela Blake, Michelle Gregory, Jack Heath,

L to R – Angela Blake, Michelle Gregory, Jack Heath, April Jackson, Shawn Jester, Riley Smith

April Jackson, Shawn Jester

Riley Smith, Bill Chambers