This is a question I have been hearing quite a bit lately. And the ﬁrst question is generally followed by, “Why on earth do you want to do that?”
Let me introduce myself and explain.
My name is Kim Jackson, and I am running for Pocomoke City Council, District 3.
I remember being asked similar questions one year and six months ago. That is when my husband, Ed and I chose to buy a house here, and make Pocomoke City our home. The big question then was: “Why do you want to move to Pocomoke?” My response was, “Why not Pocomoke?” It did not come as any surprise to me; having longtime residents ask such questions about these kinds of decisions. Over the years I have learned we all can sometimes take for granted, things in our own backyard. We can loose perspective of all the wonderful things we have right under our noses. We came here with a new perspective, and chose Pocomoke because of all the great things it had to offer: a beautiful riverfront, plenty of green space (especially found in Cypress Park and the trail), old homes with personality and charm, good schools, city and emergency services, cultural arts and museums, a downtown district, and all within walking distance...I could go on and on. This is why we came to Pocomoke!
Fast forward to the present.
I am now a small business owner on Market Street in downtown, working within the community. The downtown business district (in voting district 3) is full of potential; it's just waiting to come back to life once again. Studies have shown that downtown revitalization helps make an area strong by encouraging locals to come back and shop local. It brings visitors to the community, and can help create jobs, too. This can generate additional revenue for the community as visitors come for the day and enjoy our city. Added revenue can go to improving and maintaining safe streets for our district. I feel historic preservation is also important because people love to experience the past. Whether its museums, houses, churches or old storefronts; people love to feel connected to the past; they want to experience a change from today's hustle and bustle. Cities all across the country have beneﬁtted from revitalization efforts. We have all the “right stuff”. Let's make it happen.
On April 1, 2014, if you live in District 3, Help me bring a new perspective to Pocomoke City, District 3.
I would appreciate your vote.
~ Kim Jackson