Four years ago many, like us here at SBYNews, enthusiastically supported Jim Ireton to replace Barrie Tilghman as Salisbury’s mayor. After years of division, derision, and wasting taxpayer dollars we all expected Ireton to accomplish great things. It is unfortunate – for Salisbury and for Ireton – that little positive has occurred.
No one blames Ireton for the poor state of the national or state economies. However, as other areas of the nation – state and local – are preparing for an economic rebound, Salisbury remains mired in the policies of redistribution and government power. Businesses, the means to grow our local economy, are treated like second class citizens, or worse. Citizens are having to pay for operations / projects – such as an expensive fireboat – after being told that all of the funds were coming from “grants”.
The most disturbing aspect of Jim Ireton’s term as mayor has been behavioral. Despite our disagreements, many of us have watched in horror as Ireton has behaved like a petulant child whenever the council majority disagreed with him.
Enter Joe Albero. It is doubtful that Joe Albero would have run for mayor had Jim Ireton lived up to half his promise. Yet, Albero has worked hard to provide Salisbury voters with a clear, distinct alternative.
Don’t You Deserve a Mayor That Works As Hard as You Do?
Albero’s platform has been one of simple, common sense: Salisbury needs a full time mayor who will work to improve the local economy. The tagline above, taken from an Albero brochure speaks volumes.
While Ireton wants to raise taxes, Albero has a plan to broaden the tax base. While Ireton wants the role of government to expand in Salisbury, Albero wants Salisbury’s economy to grow by providing services, not over-regulating.
You can throw millions of dollars at a problem, only to see the problem return soon after the money runs out. Encouraging employers to move to Salisbury and encouraging existing businesses to expand creates jobs. Home ownership increases. Neighborhoods stabilize and improve. Crime goes down. The city’s overall quality of life improves.
The choice between Jim Ireton and Joe Albero is as stark as it is clear – Joe Albero should be Salisbury’s next mayor.