‘Mayor Vickie’ sworn in for third term

Special to the Dorchester Banner/Brandon Hesson Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, center, is sworn in by Circuit Court Clerk Amy Craig, right, while her daughter Erica Stanley-Jones stands by her side.

Special to the Dorchester Banner/Brandon Hesson
Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, center, is sworn in by Circuit Court Clerk Amy Craig, right, while her daughter Erica Stanley-Jones stands by her side.


CAMBRIDGE — Victoria Jackson-Stanley was sworn in by Circuit Court Clerk Amy Craig for a third term as Mayor of the City of Cambridge Wednesday, citing a need for her community to work together to make the greatest impact. Her message: “Between all of us, we will get a lot done.”

In 2008 Ms. Jackson-Stanley became both the first female and the first African-American to be elected mayor for the City of Cambridge. Her second term began in 2012, but ended a few months early on March 31 to conform to the State of Maryland retirement system requirements after her retirement from the Dorchester County Department of Social Services.

While her most recent campaign was unopposed by other candidates, she struggled with the decision to run again because of continued health issues within her family.

“My mother and my daughter both said, ‘Don’t do it. Do not run again. We do not support you,’” Ms. Jackson-Stanley joked, saying that campaigns are time consuming and require significant energy. Ultimately, her faith led her back to office. “I prayed on it, and God said, ‘file, and I’ve got your back,’” she recalled. “Guess what happened? I filed, and there was no one running against me.”

In her comments she congratulated all the people elected to the City Commission. She gave opening remarks at a community forum on July 20, at Bethel AME Church. 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.”

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