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Berlin councilman announces intention to seek reelection

Jack Orris, who represents District 2, is seeking a second term in the town’s upcoming Oct. 1 election.

Jack Orris running for second term Oct. 1

By Charlene Sharpe, Associate Editor

Eight months before this fall’s election, Berlin Councilman Jack Orris has announced his intention to seek reelection.

Orris, who represents District 2, announced on social media on Feb. 6 that he would be running for a second term.

“I’m running again to continue what I’ve always set out to do—serve our community and work to make Berlin the absolute best place on Delmarva,” he said. 

The town will hold a municipal election in October for the District 2 and District 3 council seats and the mayor’s seat. Orris, who was elected to his first term as a councilman in 2020, is the first of the incumbents to announce that he’s seeking reelection. 

In his announcement Tuesday, Orris thanked voters for giving him the chance to serve and highlighted achievements of the town during the past four years. He pointed out the town’s annual budget process had been adjusted to include more opportunities for public input in recent years. Orris also noted that the town had enrolled its police department in the Law Enforcement Officers Pension System and was addressing speeding in town with the addition of speed cameras. 

Orris also highlighted Berlin’s focus on stormwater improvements.

“Of course I’d like to see projects we’ve started through to the end, but there’s also so much more work to be done—the West Street redesign just as one example,” Orris said. “I believe my passion, experience and ongoing knowledge of issues and concerns facing our town are valuable to the council. Working together, I also believe we can strengthen the fabric that makes Berlin so special: the people of our community.” 

The town’s 2024 election is scheduled for Oct. 1. Municipal elections are held every even-numbered year with alternating officials elected to serve four-year terms. For more information about the election, visit the town’s website.

This story appears in the Feb. 8, 2024, print edition of the Bayside Gazette.