Sanders Beats Clinton in Local Final Tally; McCarthy Widens Cecil County Exec Margin

May 10, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS Who knew there were so many “socialists” in conservative Cecil County? Or is that “Hillary haters?” Bernie Sanders, a self-professed lifelong “socialist,” eked out a 28-vote victory in Cecil County over state and national front-runner Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for President in the April 26 election, according to final vote...
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Moore Names New Cecil Co Animal Shelter Head, has Several Months as Baltimore CO Shelter Manager, Hawaii Rescue Role

May 1, 2016

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has selected Abigail Lightning Bingham as the Director of Animal Services that will operate the county’s recently purchased animal shelter as part of Moore’s plan to handle animal care and control with government employees, instead of non-profit humane organization contractors as in the past. Moore praised her choice as...
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CECIL COUNTY ELECTIONS: McCarthy Wins Co Exec Primary; Gregory, Meffley Win Council Seats

April 26, 2016

Cecil County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy won a solid victory in the Republican primary for County Executive in Tuesday’s election, trouncing a fellow Council member as well as two “outsider” candidates for the county’s top elected post. With all 28 precincts reporting, McCarthy had 4,326 votes, or 39.4 percent of ballots cast. County...
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Cecil County Politics: Early Voting Draws 5.1% of County Voters; Co Exec Race Takes Negative Turn

April 24, 2016

Early voting in Cecil County, a week-long opportunity for local voters to cast ballots in advance of the Tuesday 4/26/16 formal primary election day, drew 5.1 percent of eligible voters to cast ballots, with Republicans casting 469 more ballots than Democrats despite the GOP’s larger voter registration advantage, according to state Board of Elections...
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Cecil County Early Voting Brings Out Slight GOP Advantage; South County has High Turnout

April 17, 2016

Early voting in the 2016 primary elections, which began last Thursday and continues for a week, is bringing out a small, but steady, voter turnout in an election that will decide several local contests as well as register county voters’ views on statewide and national campaigns. So far, southern Cecil County voters have a...
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Schneckenburger Vows to Kill County Contracts, Grants to Hire, Aid Illegal Immigrants; Stats Show ‘Problem’ Minimal Here, Adviser has Political Baggage

April 12, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT NEWS ANALYSIS/ COMMENTARY Cecil County Councilor Dan Schneckenburger, a candidate for County Executive in the upcoming Republican primary, is proposing to kill county contracts or grants with businesses or non-profits employing or aiding “undocumented workers,” tapping into a politically popular national anti-immigrant theme in the Donald Trump campaign for...
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Republicans Pick Up Voters in Cecil County, Party Divide Grows Between Democrats and GOP

April 6, 2016

Republicans have picked up a wider share of Cecil County registered voters in the run-up to the state and local primary elections later this month, while new voters boosted the number of all registered voters, according to new, initial figures from the county’s Board of Elections on Wednesday. The deadline to register to vote,...
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Cecil CO Budget: Moore’s Last Plan Boosts Employee Pay, Limits School Spending Rise, Taxes Stable; But Reserve Funds Raided Again

April 3, 2016

NEWS ANALYSIS In her last budget as Cecil County Executive, Tari Moore—who is not running for re-election– does more of the same: draining reserve funds, accumulated over many years by past County Commissioners to protect the county against sudden fiscal adversity, in order to pay for her current spending plans. Her latest Fiscal 2017...
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Cecil County Politics: McCarthy Leads in Campaign $ for County Exec; MacDonald Chokes in Candidate Forum

March 31, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT With less than a month before the primary elections for Cecil County Executive and County Council, some candidates have surged to the forefront in campaign fundraising and activity while a recent candidates’ forum displayed some not-ready-for-prime-time verbal paralysis. Top fundraiser for County Executive is current County Council Vice President...
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Cecil Co Health: Harford Hospitals Consolidate, Union Cuts Renowned DE Christiana Hospital Out of Loop

March 23, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT News Analysis New plans for shifting hospital costs and services in Harford, Cecil and Kent counties are generating controversy, some misunderstandings, and some real concerns about forcing area patients to travel long distances to obtain hospital care or being denied transfer to facilities with more advanced services. Volunteer fire...
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Cecil County Exec Tells Council to ‘Wait’ for full Animal Control Costs; Shelter Buy Gets Positive Response but Problems with Moore ‘Facts’

March 16, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT NEWS ANALYSIS A majority of the Cecil County Council indicated support this week for county purchase of an existing private animal shelter facility, but some members reserved judgment on County Executive Tari Moore’s plan to create a fully government-operated program, with county worker payscales and benefits. But Moore refused...
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Cecil County to Buy SPCA Animal Shelter, Staff With County Employees at Unknown Cost; Moore Cancels Competitive Bids

March 14, 2016

Cecil County Executive Tari Moore has decided to bring all animal control services under county government, buying the Cecil County SPCA shelter in Chesapeake City for about $400,000 and also apparently hiring an unspecified number of new county government employees— potentially with full county pay and benefits—and without yet telling the public or County...
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Deadly Dog Virus at Buddy Shelter, but Cecil County, Citizens Not Told; County Imposes Belated Quarantine but Shelter Kept Open

March 10, 2016

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT The animal shelter operated by A Buddy for Life, Inc. under contract with the Cecil County government has had at least three cases of a highly contagious and potentially deadly virus—resulting in two deaths—but kept it a secret from county officials and citizens who continued to visit the Elkton...
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Republican Cecil Co Exec Candidates Spar on Issues; MacDonald, Newly Unemployed, Would Abolish Economic Development Efforts

February 25, 2016

The four Republican candidates for Cecil County Executive sparred on multiple issues in a political forum Wednesday night as two current County Council members emphasized the need for enhanced economic development, a frequent critic of county government urged unspecified spending cuts, and a political newcomer who has lost his job over his campaign finance...
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CECIL CHATTER: (State Edition) Empty ‘Green Bag’ and $ for Cecil; Hogan Arts Grudge Match

February 22, 2016

HOGAN ‘GREEN BAG’ has CECIL COUNTY HOLE; STATE CAPITAL $ to CECIL LAGS The annual rite of Annapolis, the governor’s “Green Bag” of appointments to various influential and inconsequential state boards and commissions, came out recently and as usual Cecil County was bypassed for anything of consequence. Just one local name was put forward,...
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ALAN McCARTHY for COUNTY EXEC

*THANK YOU, Cecil County, for your support in the recent primary election. I hope to have your support in the November general election.

*With your support, we will move Cecil County forward, with job creation, education, and preserving our quality of life

* Cecil County has lost too many jobs, without creating new employment opportunities. I will work hard to bring the jobs home, create new local work opportunities and job training for our youth.

*My administration will save local jobs— with casino 'impact aid' money directed to create a local fund to keep jobs here.

(Auth: Friends of Alan McCarthy, Roger Owens, Treas.)