Thanks to everyone in District 5 who voted for me and have the confidence in me that I can keep the City of Salisbury moving forward. Special thanks to my team; Mary Grace Kiley, Sophia Peters, Devin Smith, Chad Leo, Justin Butler and his staff from the regional Maryland Democratic Party, my sisters Kathleen and Dawn, my dad Bill Blake, and all who donated to my campaign.
I’m just now catching my breath and catching up on e-mails and messages. Not to mention getting some rest.
As I stated on election night; the City of Salisbury sent a clear message on how they want the city’s agenda to move forward! It’s an exciting time to be a part of the City of Salisbury’s growth on every level.
There is much work to be done. District 5 growth will expand housing and commercial development on Beaglin Park Dr. The old mall site will be a mix of residential and commercial. There are several other proposed annexations. District 5 will look and function much differently than it does today. There will be growing pains but district 5 will gain a much-needed updated look and enhance the quality of life for all citizens.
Again, thank you all very much for your support. It's truly an honor!
ANGELA BLAKE FOR DISTRICT 5
Leadership in Motion
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A hugh thanks to Greg Bassett and PAC 14 for the invitation to this interview.
A Commitment to Community
Angela Blake came to Salisbury in 1988 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Social Work at Salisbury State University; now Salisbury University. After graduation in 1992, she began her social work career coordinating youth programs for the Salvation Army and directing the Family Center at East Salisbury School. Later, she provided therapy in local mental health agencies, both in the private and public sectors. In 2003, Angela earned her master’s degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. As a licensed certified clinical social worker, she specializes in providing therapy to families and children.
Currently, Angela is employed by the Wicomico County Board of Education as a school social worker and continues to provide therapy for families and children at Balanced Life Counseling Services.
Through the years, she has served on several agency boards, been active in P.T.A.’s across the county, and advocated for children’s mental health services.
Angela lives in Salisbury with her two cherished Shih Tzu’s; Mr. Bailey and Ms. Bella. Her grown son, Kenneth Ackerson, lives in New York City and is a senior software engineer.
*Angela Blake pictured at Acorn Market; keep it local!
SALVATION ARMY DAYS
Angela pictured with a girls' group at the Salvation Army. She developed and led pro-social girl support groups in the community. The group provided support on an array of topics from self-esteem to conflict resolution.
BEING HONORED AT THE EAST SALISBURY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Angela, the former family center coordinator, is pictured with former governor, Parris Glendening, the former principal, Leslie Hughes, and the former Lieutenant Governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
The Daily Times wrote, "This young project - barely 4 months old - rides on the energy and advocacy of a social worker and child therapist who is the director and is pushed along with college students and caring parents."
HONORED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL JOSEPH CURRAN
June 24, 1998
Angela was honored by the Attorney General for having outstanding programming at East Salisbury Elementary School.
ANGELA HOSTED A FRENCH EXCHANGE STUDENT
Summer of 2019
Pictured is Angela with her student, Melvyn Martel, and Mayor Jake Day. She was excited to host him and show off not only the great things Delmarva has to offer, but also the exceptional wonders that are found here in Salisbury.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, HONORS, AND RECOGNITION
1997-2000: As the coordinator for the family center, Angela wrote and was awarded Hot Spots grants. She was honored by the governor's office in 2000 for having ongoing successful programs at East Salisbury Elementary School.
March 1999: Angela was honored by the Wicomico County's Commission for Women for her work and dedication to the youth of Salisbury.
October 2000: Angela was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the East Church Street community by the Salisbury Promise.
2002: Angela was awarded a grant by the Department of Justice to further expand after school programs in East Salisbury Elementary School to continue creating a safe haven for students. This grant was particularly special to Angela due to Representative Wayne Gilchrest's involvement on the state level who happened to be her cherished high school teacher.
2005: Angela was awarded lifetime memberships to Parent Teacher Association (PTA) by North and East Salisbury Schools for her ongoing dedication to students' programming.
2006-2008: Angela served on the Life Crisis Board to assit with developing programs and expanding advocacy.
2014-2016: Angela was a representative of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) for the Eastern Shore.
1994-Present: Angela is the coordinator for the Mark Blake Scholarship fund. The scholarship awards a Kent County high school student money every year for books and tuition to a Maryland State school in remembrance of her brother who was killed in a car accident in 1988. The scholarship has been ongoing for 31 years. Last year, Angela rode 100 miles from Salisbury University to Kent County High School to raise $5,000 for this scholarship.
Angela was appointed and sworn into office on February 11, 2019 after having been interviewed with two others to fill the District 5 seat vacated by former councilman Hardy Rudasill.
Her time in office has provided familiarity with the city charter, policies, departments, and the budget process. This experience has prepared her to be the best candidate for the city council seat in district 5.
In the first six months of her appointment she participated in the following accomplishments: No tax increases, no increased fees in water/sewer services, continued downtown growth and development, positive relationship with the mayor and council, and demonstrated a commitment to district 5.
VISION FOR SALISBURY
The city has made great strides with revitalization, partnerships with businesses, agencies and communities to make Salisbury a safe, economically viable, citizen friendly, as well as fostering a climate of optimism. These are all qualities Angela admires and deeply appreciates as a citizen of Salisbury. Angela sees this opportunity of councilwoman as continuing her service to the community she lives in and loves.
Angela's top priorities for Salisbury include:
CONNECTING CITIZENS TO COMMUNITIES
CONTINUED DOWNTOWN GROWTH and DISTRICT PROJECTS
CONNECTING CITIZENS TO COMMUNITIES
It’s no surprise that Angela supports the city’s programs of connecting citizens to communities. These programs include partnerships between the city, agencies, private and non-profit groups that bring services for the Newton and Truitt Street Youth Centers, S.W.I.F.T., C.O.A.T., the city's homeless program, and local community gardens.
CONTINUED DOWNTOWN GROWTH AND DISTRICT PROJECTS
As the city continues to revitalize its downtown, bringing businesses and family centered events and activities, district 5 has a long list of projects as well. Angela is committed to supporting growth and development which grows the city’s tax base providing an economically stable community.
The upkeep of our parks and zoos, the implementation of rails to trails, keeping our waterways clean and healthy, and supporting city efforts for the Salisbury sustainable Green Team are also priorities.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
When we work together, magic happens! Find out how you can get involved and start making a difference. Your support is important and valuable to Angela Blake. Whether you would like to volunteer your time, or make a monetary donation, every little bit that you dedicate helps tremendously.
Authority of Friends of Angela Blake
Devin Smith - Treasurer