BULLETIN: Pritchard Files for Cecil County Exec.; Manlove Files for School Board

January 3, 2012

With about a week left for candidates to file for the 2012 election ballot, two new candidates filed paperwork Tuesday: Peter Pritchard, a Republican, for county executive and William Manlove, a Democrat, for election to the appointed seat he now holds on the county school board.

The deadline for candidates to file for this year’s election is 1/11/12 and in the final run-up to the deadline even more candidates are expected to surface. Political circles are abuzz with potential candidate names, but so far the officially-filed candidates have been few and far between.

So it was a relatively busy day at the county’s Board of Elections when Pritchard and Manlove showed up Tuesday morning to file their paperwork.

Pritchard, a retired civilian employee for the Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, filed as a Republican for county executive. Previously-filed GOP candidates for the post are County Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) and Paul Trapani, a marina owner and political novice. Pritchard previously ran for, and lost, a seat on the county school board. A Democrat, Robert McKnight, the mayor of North East, has also filed for county executive.

Manlove, an Earleville resident, is a political veteran and the former President of the county Board of Commissioners. He was appointed several months ago by Governor O’Malley to a vacant seat on the county school board, and the law requires him to seek election in 2012 if he intends to retain the seat.

Cecil Times has interviewed both of the new candidates and will be filing a more detailed report soon. In addition, we will be exploring a number of other political scenarios— including one that involves a previously announced candidate for one office switching gears to seek another post.

Stay tuned—it’s going to be an interesting week in Cecil County politics.

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