Cecil County Transition: County Council Deadlocks, but Exec Picks New Finance Chief

December 5, 2012

Cecil County’s transition to Charter government got off to a mixed start, with the new County Council in a 2-2- standoff on even basic matters while County Executive Tari Moore moved ahead with assembling her top staff. Multiple sources said Wednesday that Moore had selected Winston Robinson, a Democratic candidate for county executive who...
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Smipkins Howl over Loss of Power to New Cecil County Exec Moore; State GOP, Conservatives Bite Back

December 3, 2012

Analysis State Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) has never liked losing, although he has done a lot of it in his repeated failed efforts to move up the political ladder in Maryland. So it is perhaps not surprising that he and his political cohort, Del. Michael Smigiel, who recently lost a campaign for a Cecil...
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Moore Becomes First Cecil County Executive; McCarthy and Hodge Sworn in to Council; Amigos, Smipkins Absent

December 3, 2012

There was an air of enthusiasm, hope and optimism for Cecil County’s future in the county administration building in Elkton Monday as Tari Moore became the county’s first-ever County Executive when the clock struck noon and Charter government ushered in a historic, new era in county government. Also, Dr. Alan McCarthy and Robert Hodge...
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Cecil County Exec-elect Moore Changes Party from GOP to Unaffiliated; Move Blocks Smipkins from Filling her Council Seat

November 29, 2012

In a bold move to launch her administration as County Executive without the partisan warfare that has stymied Cecil County government for the past two years, Tari Moore changed her political party affiliation on Thursday from Republican to Unaffiliated—a move that will block the Smipkin political faction from controlling who will fill her soon...
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3 Amigos Aim to Give Cecil County Animal Control Contract to “Buddy” Group in Final Hours Before Charter Govt.; Settling Scores?

November 27, 2012

In a final swan song before Charter government begins next Monday, the Three Amigos faction of the Cecil County Commissioners late Tuesday suddenly scheduled two “special” meetings so they can award an animal control contract to A Buddy for Life, a Delaware dog rescue group with no animal shelter and no experience in animal...
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Several Shades of Charter: Cecil County Commish Fade Out, Exec-elect Moore Weighs In–Sort of

November 20, 2012

News Analysis It was the virtual swan song of the Cecil County Commissioners Tuesday, at their last full-scale business meeting before the transition to Charter government that begins on 12/3/12, but there were also several shades of the Charter ahead—including a proposal for a highly-compensated Council “manager” and complaints by some members of the...
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A Modest Cecil County Proposal: Moore Could “Unaffiliate” from GOP, Briefly, to Bar Smipkin Pick of New County Council Member

November 15, 2012

Analysis/Commentary It was a bipartisan or multi-partisan vote that made Tari Moore Cecil County’s first-ever County Executive in the November election. But the choice of her replacement on the new County Council is now primarily in the hands of a highly partisan group—the local Republican Central Committee controlled by the Smipkin political organization that...
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Cecil County Commish Accept “Buddy” Group for Animal Control; Cecil SPCA Files Lawsuit to Block Contract, Re-open Bids

November 13, 2012

The Cecil County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to accept a review panel’s recommendation to declare A Buddy for Life, a Delaware volunteer group, as qualified to provide animal control services to the county government and proceed with final contract negotiations. But the Cecil County SPCA filed a lawsuit seeking to block award of a contract...
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Cecil County Election Night Wrapup: Moore Wins County Exec; McCarthy Landslides in Council 1st, Hodge Wins 5th– Cecil Refutes State, National Results

November 7, 2012

Republican Tari Moore made history Tuesday, winning election as Cecil County’s first County Executive by defeating her Democratic rival, Pam Howard, with 52.7 percent of the vote. Republican Alan McCarthy overwhelmingly won election to the District 1 County Council seat and incumbent Robert Hodge (R) won a decisive victory to retain his county commissioner...
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BULLETIN: Moore WINS Cecil County Executive Race; McCarthy, Hodge Elected to County Council

November 6, 2012

UPDATED BULLETIN ( 11:10 pm) Republican Tari Moore made history Tuesday night by being elected as Cecil County’s first County Executive, defeating her Democratic rival, Pam Howard, with 52.7 percent of the vote. Moore held the lead throughout the vote count, although early in the evening her lead dropped to a neck and neck...
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BULLETIN: Moore Widens Lead in County Exec Race

November 6, 2012

(10.05 pm)BULLETIN In the historic Cecil County election for the first County Executive, Republican Tari Moore was leading her Democratic rival, Pam Howard, with 14 of 19 precincts reporting. Republicans Robert Hodge and Alan McCarthy were still leading in two County Council races, as they were when the first early voting tallies were counted...
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BULLETIN: Cecil Co. Exec Race Tightens, Moore Ahead but Barely

November 6, 2012

( 9.40 pm) In the historic Cecil County election for the first County Executive, Republican Tari Moore was just a handful of votes ahead of her Democratic rival, Pam Howard, with 5 of 19 precincts reporting. Republicans Robert Hodge and Alan McCarthy were still leading in two County Council races, as they were when...
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Cecil County Votes: Early Vote Tally Favors Moore for County Exec; Hodge, McCarthy for Council

November 6, 2012

Early voting tallies for the historic Cecil County election for the first County Executive show Republican Tari Moore ahead and fellow Republicans Robert Hodge and Alan McCarthy leading in two County Council races. Moore, currently serving as a County Commissioner from District 2, received 2,949 votes—51.7 percent—of early voting ballots while Democrat Pam Howard,...
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Cecil County Votes: Steady Turnout, Lines at Some Precincts as Voters Cast Ballots in Historic Election

November 6, 2012

Cecil County voters went to the polls Tuesday in strong and steady numbers to cast ballots for President and congressional candidates and, closer to home, the county’s first-ever County Executive and two County Council members. Anecdotal reports from throughout the county indicated a strong voter turnout, with lines at some polling places early in...
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Cecil County Council: Hodge Gets PAC, Family $; Crouse Taps Dem Old Guard in Dist. 5 Campaign

November 4, 2012

Incumbent Republican Cecil County Commissioner Robert Hodge drew $3,000 in Political Action Committee (PAC) donations but his family donated the largest lump sums to his campaign while Democratic challenger James Crouse, the former mayor of Elkton, tapped the Old Guard of his party in the race for the new County Council seat in District...
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