Cecil County Elections: After the Landslide; E Tu, Smipkins; Other Post-primary Pondering

April 5, 2012

Analysis Now that everyone has caught up on their sleep (maybe), pored over the election returns, and toasted with champagne (or cried in their beer), it’s time for a little post-primary election review and some look-aheads to the rest of the campaign season until November. After the Landslide The landslide victory of County Commissioner...
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Moore Coasts to Victory in GOP Race for Cecil County Exec.; Smigiel Routed in Judge Race

April 3, 2012

(UPDATED 11:11 pm)County Commissioner Tari Moore coasted to victory in the Republican primary for Cecil County Executive, beating back a crowded field of challengers and a last-minute smear campaign against her by state Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) With 20 precincts reporting, Moore had 46 percent of the vote. At the same time, Del. Michael...
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Cecil County Council Dist. 1: McCarthy Clobbers Mullin in GOP Race; Bailey Leads Dems

April 3, 2012

(UPDATED 10:59 pm) Dr. Alan McCarthy, a Chesapeake City veterinarian and businessman, overpowered incumbent County Commissioner James Mullin in the Dist. 1 County Council race, in a test of county business leaders versus the political group led by Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36). McCarthy trounced Mullin, 62-37 percent, with 20 precincts reporting. Overall voter turnout...
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Cecil County Council Dist. 5: Hodge Overpowers K. Moore in GOP Primary

April 3, 2012

(UPDATED 10:58 pm) Incumbent County Commissioner Robert Hodge overpowered a political neophyte challenger– backed by Sen. E.J. Pipkin– to hold on to his District 5 seat in the Republican primary. With 20 precincts reporting, Hodge tallied 63 percent of the vote to 37 percent for Keith Moore. During primary election voting on Tuesday, turnout...
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Cecil County Exec: Pam Howard Defeats McKnight for Democrats

April 3, 2012

(UPDATED 11:23 pm) Pam Howard, the former Cecil County Treasurer, soundly defeated her chief rival, North East Mayor Robert McKnight, for the Democratic nomination for the county’s first County Executive. With 20 precincts reporting, Howard had 54.9 percent of the vote to McKnight’s 37.1 percent. She will face County Commissioner Tari Moore, victor in...
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Cecil County Goes to the Polls: Very Low Turnout as of 3 PM

April 3, 2012

Cecil County voters went to the polls Tuesday in Democratic and Republican primary elections to select nominees for the county’s first-ever County Executive and two members of the new County Council in Districts 1 and 5. But turnout was described as “very low” by local election officials as of 3 p.m. Turnout was reported...
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Sen. Pipkin’s “War” on Cecil County, GOP, and Political Integrity

April 1, 2012

Commentary and Analysis At “Cecil Night” in Annapolis a few months ago. Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) tried to convince some local business leaders that there really wasn’t a “Smipkin” political machine, led by him and Del. Michael Smigiel, and that they really had no interest in controlling Cecil County government. If only that were...
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Endorsement: Dr. John LaFerla in 1st Dist. Congress Democratic Primary

April 1, 2012

Editorial Voters in Tuesday’s Democratic primary have several choices of candidates to take on the difficult, and probably thankless, task of trying to unseat Republican incumbent Andy Harris in the 1st District seat in Congress. But Dr. John LaFerla, a Chestertown physician, is the clear choice for Cecil County voters who want to see...
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Cecil County Exec: GOP Finance Reports Show Moore is $ Leader; Broomell Gets $ from Ethics Appointee; Dawson Gets Liquor Violator $

March 27, 2012

In the crowded Republican primary for Cecil County executive, current Commissioner Tari Moore (R-2) is the top fundraiser while fellow Commissioner and candidate Diana Broomell (R-4) got money from an Ethics panel appointee she championed. And “Smipkin” political machine candidate Michael A. Dawson is primarily financed by a liquor licensee found guilty of selling...
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Cecil County Council: McCarthy Out Fundraises Mullin in Dist. 1 Campaign; Mullin Misplaces $16K

March 26, 2012

Dr. Alan McCarthy, who is seeking to oust incumbent County Commissioner James Mullin (R-1) in this year’s Republican primary, has raised $11,631 so far from donors and fundraising events while Mullin has done minimal fundraising but has a $16,200 mystery in his campaign reports: money showed up in January but disappeared in March, with...
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Democratic Candidates for Cecil County Exec: McKnight Tops in $

March 24, 2012

Robert McKnight, the mayor of North East and a Democratic candidate for Cecil County Executive, remained the top fundraiser of the campaign season so far while his two Democratic primary rivals ran low budget, self-financed efforts. The latest campaign finance reports, which covered the period from 1/12/12 to 3/18/12, are the last financial accounting...
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Cecil County Council: In District 5, Low Budget Campaigns, So Far

March 24, 2012

The race for Cecil County Council in District 5 so far is a low budget affair but newcomer candidate Keith Moore is taking full advantage of his own printing business to produce campaign materials in his bid to unseat incumbent County Commissioner Robert Hodge in the Republican primary, according to new campaign finance reports...
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Democrats Contend for Uphill Climb to Run Against Rep. Harris for Congress

March 22, 2012

CECILTON— Democrats hoping to take on the uphill battle to reclaim the Congress seat now held by Rep. Andy Harris (R-1) brought their spirited primary campaign to Cecilton Wednesday night. Dr. John LaFerla, a Chestertown physician, and Wendy Rosen, a Baltimore County businesswoman, answered questions from members of Cecil County and Kent County Democratic...
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Perryville Vets Housing Stirs Cecil County Debate; Kilby’s to Get $

March 20, 2012

A long-proposed project to develop housing for homeless veterans on the grounds of the Perry Point VA hospital in Perryville drew more questions before the Cecil County Commissioners Tuesday as the county’s housing director warned that proposed demands could siphon off housing aid from families in the county. David Mahaney, the county’s housing director,...
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CECIL CHATTER: State Flunks “Integrity” Test; Smigiel Abstains on Pay Boost

March 19, 2012

Maryland Gets D Minus Grade on “Integrity” Report Card Anyone with short, or long, memories of political scandals in Maryland knows that the state has a long and sordid history of corrupt elected officials. But a new study finds the state’s laws, regulations and access to public information contribute to a climate of ethical...
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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.)