Jackson-Stanley sworn in for third term as Cambridge mayor
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.
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.