Michael W. Dawson Files for Cecil County Council in Dist. 4- Broomell Seat- in ’14 Election
Michael W. Dawson, a longtime Perryville resident and former candidate for a state delegateâ€™s seat, has filed as a Republican candidate for the Cecil County Council in District 4 for the 2014 electionâ€”looking to replace the controversial incumbent, Councilor Diana Broomell (R).
Michael W. Dawson (MWD) â€“ NOT to be confused with another local political figure, Michael A. Dawson, known locally as MAD Mike (MAD)â€”ran as a Constitution Party candidate in 2010 for the delegate seat held by longtime incumbent David Rudolph, a Democrat. MWD Dawson held the balance of power in that three-way general election contest, winning some 750 votes that ended up tipping the election to Rudolph in a close race against Republican and â€śCampaign for Libertyâ€ť candidate Ted Patterson. [SEE Cecil Times election report here: http://ceciltimes.com/2010/11/rudolph-swims-against-gop-tide-in-delegate-win-sen-jacobs-re-elected/ ]
â€śIâ€™m concerned that, as a county, we are wasting precious time,â€ť Dawson said in explaining his reasons for running for the County Council. Since the recent transition to Charter government, he said, County Executive Tari Moore has shown leadership but the County Council has been mired in internal bickering.
â€śIâ€™m a roots and wings type of leader,â€ť Dawson said in an interview with Cecil Times, explaining that his approach would be to address fundamental issues of concern to most citizens, while also taking a future-oriented approach to â€śtake us far beyond the commonplace.â€ť
His past run for delegate â€śtaught me a lot,â€ť Dawson said. On that election night he realized he hadnâ€™t done enough to â€śmeet voters where they were.â€ť So now, he plans to engage citizens out in their local communities, listening to their concerns and suggestions for how to improve Cecil County government.
â€śWhat I realized,â€ť he said, â€śis I have to be where the voters are.â€ť And that will take a lot of one-on-one discussions with local residents, which he said he is eager to do.
Dawsonâ€™s family roots run deep in Maryland, dating back to the same time frame as the founding of Cecil County in the late 1600â€™s. As part of his respect for Cecil County history, he recently researched the countyâ€™s official seal that had been lost in time but unearthed a few years ago in the state archives. As a result, he put forward a proposed resolutionâ€”introduced recently by Councilor Alan McCarthy (R-1)– to restore the historically accurate seal as the official emblem of the county.
As a fiscal conservative, the seal resolution would not require a costly immediate overhaul of letterheads and other official materials, Dawson said. But as stationery supplies ran out, they would be replaced with the revised sealâ€”which depicts two leopards and appropriately vintage design flourishes, in contrast to the much more modern current county seal showing ducks flying over the Chesapeake Bay in a colorful graphic display.
Dawson is currently employed by Verizon, working as a cable-splicing technician and a repair â€śtroubleshooter.â€ť â€śIâ€™m a problem-solver,â€ť he said. He is married, and he and his wife Carolyn have three children, including a son who recently graduated as the Valedictorian at Perryville High School.
The candidate is a graduate of John Carroll High in Harford County and Mount St. Maryâ€™s College in Emmittsburg, Md. He also recently graduated from the Cecil Leadership Institute that trains future leaders of the county to understand and explore county issues.
Dawson said his experience dealing with â€ścustomer serviceâ€ť gives him â€śpatienceâ€ť and an understanding of how to address the concerns of voters. â€śIâ€™ll take the time to explain issues, and listen to what people are worried about,â€ť he said.
In filing for the District 4 County Council seat, Dawson could be facing incumbent Republican Broomell in a GOP primary. But Broomell is widely expected to give up her Council seat to run for a vastly re-districted state delegate slot in the 35th District that includes a broad swathe of western Cecil County and a majority voter slice of eastern Harford County. Broomell briefly worked as the â€śMain Streetâ€ť business/economic development co-coordinator in Havre de Grace in Harford County until she was fired.
Broomellâ€™s controversial tenure as a Cecil County Commissioner/Councilor has created â€śdivisivenessâ€ť on the countyâ€™s legislative body, Dawson said. â€śSheâ€™s distinguished herself by taking the far extremeâ€ť positions and â€śmaking herself the point,â€ť Dawson said.
Dawson has also filed as a candidate for the Cecil County Republican Central committee, which is currently controlled by the Smipkin political machineâ€”led by state Del. Michael Smigiel and Sen. E.J. Pipkin, both R-36.
Dawson has researched state law and previously written, in a letter to Cecil Times, that the countyâ€™s new Charter does not require an elected official such as a Councilor to resign from a party committee such as the GOP Central Committeeâ€”if the party committee has properly written its bylaws. He said that part of his intent in running for the GOP panel is to correct the flaws in the local party committeeâ€™s bylaws.