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1st Dist.: Harris Ousts Incumbent Kratovil in Rematch of 2008

November 3, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times/ National Journal Despite a seven-figure financial effort by national Democrats to rescue him, freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil went down to defeat Tuesday in a rematch of his 2008 contest against GOP state Sen. Andy Harris. With more than 90 percent of the vote counted late Tuesday, Harris...
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Republicans Sweep Cecil County Elections; Charter Govt. Wins Big

November 3, 2010

Cecil County voters swept Republicans into office in most major local contests Tuesday, turning the five-member Board of Commissioners into an all-GOP panel for the first time while ousting the longtime Democratic Clerk of the Circuit Court and the Democratic State’s Attorney. But, in one of the ultimate ironies of Tuesday’s balloting, voters overwhelmingly...
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36th Dist. Delegates: Smigiel (R) Defeats Manlove (D)

November 2, 2010

Cecil County incumbent Del. Michael Smigiel (R) defeated former Cecil County Commissioner Bill Manlove (D) in the multi-county district with a commanding victory in Queen Anne’s County and wins in the other counties of the district, including Cecil County. In the other two seats at stake in the 36th District, Republicans swept to victory...
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Dist. 36 Senate: Incumbent Pipkin (R) Defeats Mumford (D)

November 2, 2010

Incumbent Republican E.J. Pipkin soundly defeated Democratic challenger Steven Mumford in the 36th District, including a strong win in Mumford’s homebase of Kent County and leading by strong margins in the three other counties of the District. Districtwide, Pipkin garnered 27,769 votes, or 63.6 percent, to...
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Sheriff’s Race: Janney Defeats Sutton– Again

November 2, 2010

Incumbent Cecil County Sheriff Barry Janney, a Republican, defeated his Democratic challenger Chris Sutton, with 14,900 votes or 52.55 percent, to Sutton’s 13,381, or 47.19 percent. Throughout the evening, the tally shifted back and forth between the two rivals. But at 10:20 p.m., with 17 of 20 precincts reporting, Janney had 12,547 votes to...
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Cecil County Votes: Over 23 percent turnout at 3 pm

November 2, 2010

Voters in Cecil County turned out at a steady pace Tuesday to decide three County Commissioner contests, Sheriff, State’s Attorney and other local offices, as well as State Senate and Delegate races. Also at stake is the hotly contested 1st District Congress race between incumbent Frank Kratovil (D) and Andy Harris (R). By 3...
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MD 1st: Outsiders’ Spending at $4 million as Kratovil-Harris Race Wraps Up

November 2, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times/ National Journal In the hotly contested rematch in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District between Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil and GOP state Sen. Andy Harris, the barrage of TV attack ads continued as voters went to the polls Tuesday-– with spending by outside groups seeking to influence the race...
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Cecil Co. Commissioners: Piner Fails to Identify Donors; Opponent Moore Raises Big $

October 29, 2010

The election contest for Cecil County Commissioner in the Elkton-based 2nd District has triggered large campaign donations. But Democratic candidate Earl Piner, Sr., has not identified any of the sources of $14,611 in donations to his campaign. His Republican opponent, Tari Moore, fully disclosed the sources of her more than $20,100 in donations. State...
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36th Dist: Defeated Del. Sossi Flush with Campaign $; Winner Hershey Mired in Debt

October 25, 2010

The apparent next Delegate from Queen Anne’s County representing the 36th District, Stephen S. Hershey, Jr., is heavily in debt, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state, while the incumbent Republican he defeated in the GOP primary, Del. Richard Sossi, has a substantial surplus that could fund another campaign for state office...
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Commissioner Candidates Debate Schools, Economy

October 25, 2010

Candidates for three Cecil County Commissioner seats at stake in this year’s elections debated on jobs and county schools Thursday night, with two of the contests drawing the sharpest comments, and contrasts, between the contenders. Carl Roberts, the former superintendent of schools who is running as a Democrat for the 4th District seat, disputed...
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MD 1st: Spending in Kratovil-Harris Race Tops $7.5 million

October 24, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times/CongressDaily As the hotly contested rematch between Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil and Republican challenger Andy Harris enters the homestretch, total spending by candidates and outside groups has passed the $7.5 million mark and is still climbing– guaranteeing it will be among the most expensive congressional contests in Maryland...
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36th Dist. Candidates’ Forum: Polite Politics in Chestertown

October 20, 2010

Perhaps it was the location in historic Chestertown, the home of Washington College and a tradition of political civility, that led to a particularly polite candidates’ forum Tuesday night among candidates for state Delegate and Senator in the 36th district. An earlier forum in Cecil County with many of the same candidates had lots...
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Kratovil Now Dem Committee’s $1million Man With New Spending

October 20, 2010

By Lou Peck Contributing Editor, Cecil Times/CongressDaily The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has informed the Federal Election Commission that it has spent another $300,000 on advertising against Republican Andy Harris, the GOP challenger to Democratic incumbent Frank Kratovil in Maryland’s 1st District. With that latest expenditure, the DCCC has put in more than $1.1...
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Popcorn, Peanuts and Pipkin: Threatens “Legal Investigation” in Performance on County Stage

October 20, 2010

State Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-36) berated the Cecil County Board of Commissioners and county staff Tuesday morning over what he called misuse of “county assets”—an email account—to promote a bus tour organized by a volunteer with a citizen’s group favoring adoption of a charter government referendum question on the November ballot. But county officials...
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Smigiel Claims “Secret Deals” on Charter Group; County Cites Volunteers

October 17, 2010

The Cecil County commissioners will hold a special work session Tuesday to address allegations by Del. Michael Smigiel (R-36) claiming “secret deals” aided the “Friends of Charter” ballot issue committee and asserting “unethical, if not illegal” conduct. Smigiel is an avowed foe of converting the county’s commissioner form of government to a home-rule charter...
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