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Cecil County Councilor Joyce Bowlsbey Announces Election Run for District 2 Seat in 2014; Appointee to Face Voters

September 26, 2013

Cecil County Councilor Joyce Bowlsbey, who was appointed earlier this year by County Executive Moore to fill the balance of Moore’s term in District 2, announced Thursday night that she will be a candidate for election to the seat in the 2014 election. “I’ve decided that I owe it to this county to continue...
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Cecil County Council: Good News, No News and the Bad News Bears

September 25, 2013

The Cecil County Council had some good news from the county library, no news from the county’s finance director and some Bad News Bears– growling about how to deal with misbehaving councilors– at a Tuesday worksession in Elkton. First the good news: the Cecil County public library has produced a video highlighting the “beauty”...
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Steve Hershey Named to State Senate in Dist. 36 as Governor Rejects Cecil County Del. Smigiel; Caroline Commissioner Seen as Top Prospect for Delegate Seat

September 18, 2013

Governor Martin O’Malley announced Wednesday he has appointed Republican Del. Steve Hershey, of Queen Anne’s County, to the state Senate– rejecting Cecil County Del. Michael Smigiel’s bid to fill the seat vacated by his former political ally and mentor E.J. Pipkin. As a result, there will be a new process to fill Hershey’s Delegate...
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Cecil County Council OKs Basell Property for New VoTech School; Classes Could Begin in Early 2015

September 17, 2013

After years of attempts to find a cost-effective solution to the shortage of vocational and technical education slots for Cecil County public school students, the County Council Tuesday night voted to approve a plan for a new $18.9 million votech school at the 91-acre Basell property in Elkton. The Council’s 3-2 vote was on...
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Cecil County Council Seeks to Curb Food Fights with Possible ‘Time Outs’ for Members’ Misbehavior

September 15, 2013

Recent meetings of the Cecil County Council have looked and sounded like school kids in a cafeteria food fight but Council President Robert Hodge (R-5) is looking to impose new discipline on councilors, including possible mandatory ‘time outs.’ “Our behavior makes a difference,” Hodge said at the 9/10/13 Council worksession in Elkton. In particular,...
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Cecil County Exec Names Drug Policy Aide; Judge Baynes Urges Expanded Drug Court

September 10, 2013

Faced with a growing crisis in illegal drug usage in Cecil County, County Executive Tari Moore on Tuesday named a health official as a “special assistant” to develop a plan to combat drugs and expand treatment options, while a state judge who deals with drug offenders urged broader services to deal with alcohol abuse...
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Cecil County Council: Let Them Eat Cake; Broomell Melts as McCarthy Slices her ‘Venomous’ Icing; Hodge’s Double-Dip Dare

September 4, 2013

Perhaps Cecil County Councilor Diana Broomell (R-4) had indigestion or was feeling wounded by the pointed fork jabs she had just received from fellow Councilor Alan McCarthy (R-1) when she hurried out of a Council worksession Tuesday, and refused to eat a slice of the cake that had been brought in to celebrate the...
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Campaign 2014: Wayne Norman Files in Redrawn Dist. 35 Senate; Reilly, Cassilly File for 35B House in Cecil County, Harford

September 3, 2013

The 2014 campaign for state legislative seats in western Cecil County will bring new names and faces in re-drawn Senate and House of Delegates districts, and two new Republican contenders declared their candidacy on Tuesday in Cecil County: Del. Wayne Norman, a Bel Air lawyer, seeking the new Senate 35th Dist. seat, and his...
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Two GOP Panels File Hershey’s Name for Senate 36th Seat to End Local Process, with Gov. to Choose Hershey or Smigiel

August 30, 2013

After two weeks of political drama, two county Republican committees have sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley the name of their nominee—Del. Steve Hershey—to fill the vacant state Senate seat in Dist. 36, thus apparently ending the local process and shifting the decision to Annapolis to break a tie between Hershey and Del. Michael Smigiel....
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BULLETIN: Queen Anne’s County GOP Panel Backs Del. Smigiel for Dist. 36 Senate Seat; Tied with Del. Hershey in Four County Vote

August 27, 2013

A majority of the Queen Anne’s County Republican Central Committee voted Tuesday night to endorse Del. Michael Smigiel for the vacant Dist. 36 state Senate seat, creating a tie between Smigiel and Del. Steve Hershey among the four counties in the district. Hershey has won the endorsements of the Kent and Caroline counties’ local...
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Cecil County, Upper Shore Senate: Hershey Woos Locals; Smigiel in Attack Mode for Dist. 36 Seat

August 26, 2013

A Cecil Times Special Report While a political bloodbath has been unfolding in the four counties of the state legislative 36th District recently, the man who caused it has been serenely contemplating, on social media, Texas sports teams and Lone Star state oversized hamburgers. But E.J. Pipkin’s abandonment of his Maryland Senate seat, for...
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BULLETIN: Caroline County Endorses Del. Hershey for Dist. 36 Seat; Hershey Likely to Prevail Over Del. Smigiel

August 24, 2013

The Caroline County Republican Central Committee has voted to endorse Del. Steve Hershey, of Queen Anne’s County, to fill the vacant Dist. 36 state Senate seat—with the likely result that he will prevail over remaining rival Del. Michael Smigiel, of Cecil County. In a whirlwind of events in the past day, the Caroline County...
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BULLETIN: Audrey Scott Withdraws in Dist. 36 Senate Race; Smigiel, Hershey Head to Head

August 24, 2013

Former state Republican Party chair Audrey Scott withdrew Friday night from the hotly contested race for appointment to the state Senate seat recently vacated by E.J. Pipkin, leaving a potential head-to-head fight between two current state Delegates for the post. Since Pipkin was a Republican, his successor to fill out the remaining year and...
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Upper Shore Senate Seat Selection Process Presses On; Smigiel Allies Blast Scott

August 22, 2013

The process to fill the state Senate seat vacated recently by E.J. Pipkin has turned into an increasingly bitter brawl, with pressure on local Republican Central Committees in the four-county District to unify behind one candidate to prevent Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley from making the final selection from a splintered GOP list. Former state...
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BULLETIN: Audrey Scott, ex- State GOP Chair, Wins Key Support in Race to fill Pipkin Senate Seat

August 22, 2013

Audrey Scott, the former Maryland Republican Party chairwoman, has won key support from two counties’ GOP party committees in her quest to fill the state Senate seat vacated recently by E.J. Pipkin in the four-county 36th District—leaving her the current leader in the crowded field of candidates for the post. The district covers four...
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