Jack­son-Stan­ley sworn in for third term as Cam­bridge mayor

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CAM­BRIDGE — Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley was sworn in by Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court Clerk Amy Craig for a third term as Cam­bridge mayor Wed­nes­day, July 13.

Jack­son-Stan­ley won the may­oral of­fice in the un­con­tested with 653 votes. She was first elected in 2008 as Cam­bridge’s first fe­male mayor. She re­tired in March from her po­si­tion at the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices, which, by law, forced her to re­sign as Cam­bridge mayor to con­form to Mary­land’s re­tire­ment sys­tem re­quire­ments, but she since be­came el­i­gi­ble to be re-elected.

“Be­tween all of us, we will get a lot done,” Jack­son-Stan­ley said, cit­ing a need for her com­mu­nity to work to­gether to make the great­est im­pact.

“My mother and my daugh­ter both said, ‘Don’t do it. Do not run again,’” said said. “I prayed on it, and God said, ‘File, and I’ve got your back.’ Guess what hap­pened? I filed, and there was no one run­ning against me.”

Jack­son-Stan­ley con­grat­u­lated all the res­i­dents elected to the city coun­cil.

Jack­son-Stan­ley gave open­ing re­marks at a com­mu­nity fo­rum Wed­nes­day, July 20, at Bethel AME Church at 623 Pine Street for a dis­cus­sion on race re­la­tions lo­cally and na­tion­ally. The event was or­ga­nized by the East­ern Shore Net­work for Change

“We are go­ing to start talk­ing race re­la­tions,” she said. “I say that it is in the soil of our com­mu­nity, and our coun­try. If we don’t start talk­ing about it, it will fes­ter. Not on my watch. We have to work to­gether — we can­not hate a per­son that we know.”

The city coun­cil voted 4-1 in De­cem­ber 2014 to ap­prove a res­o­lu­tion amend­ing the city’s char­ter to cre­ate the post of city man­ager, after a pe­ti­tion to put the ques­tion to a ref­er­en­dum failed by 81 sig­na­tures.

Un­der the old char­ter, the mayor, the only Cam­bridge of­fi­cial who runs for elec­tion city­wide, was Cam­bridge’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and head of the city’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

With the changes, the city man­ager be­came the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the city, with the power to ap­point and re­move depart­ment heads and the re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­min­is­ter the city’s laws.

Ward 2 Com­mis­sioner Don­ald Syd­nor was the lone vote in op­po­si­tion in cre­at­ing a city man­ager po­si­tion.

In Novem­ber 2015, San­dra Tripp-Jones be­came Cam­bridge’s first-ever city man­ager. She also serves as su­per­vi­sor of elec­tions.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mayor Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley, cen­ter, is sworn in by Dorch­ester County Cir­cuit Court Clerk Amy Craig, right, while her daugh­ter Ericca Stan­ley-Jones stands by her side on Wed­nes­day, July 13.

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