Judge Rules Danielle Hornberger Stays on Cecil Co Exec Ballot, Despite “Troubling” Irregularities in Campaign Filings; Says McCarthy Should Have Sued Sooner

August 18, 2020

A visiting Circuit Court judge ruled late Tuesday (8/18/2020) that Danielle Hornberger can remain on the Republican ballot line in the election for Cecil County Executive, saying that current Executive Alan McCarthy should have filed his challenge to the validity of her candidacy sooner. Judge Thomas G. Ross, a retired Queen Anne’s County judge...
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State Prosecutor Opens Criminal Probe in Hornberger Campaign Case, Court Told; Ex-Election Aide Denies Forgery; Judge to Rule Next Week

August 14, 2020

A day-long hearing in a Cecil County Circuit Court case seeking to void Danielle Hornberger’s apparently winning campaign for County Executive in the Republican primary election brought new allegations of potential document forgeries and additional revelations of behind-the-scenes contacts between Hornberger and a local elections board official. In addition, it was disclosed for the...
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Hornberger Sent ‘Replacement’ Disclosure Form After Cecil County Exec GOP Primary; Had “Ballot Harvesting” Plan, Documents Show

August 10, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report—Part 1 Danielle Hornberger, apparent winner of the Republican primary election for Cecil County Executive, sent a “replacement” financial disclosure statement to the county Board of Elections in early July, more than a month after the election and seven months after the statement should have been filed under election laws,...
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Cecil County Exec McCarthy Sues Danielle Hornberger, Election Board, Claims ‘Fraud;’ Elections Deputy Leaves Post

July 27, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the results of the June Republican primary, saying that his winning rival, Danielle Hornberger, failed to qualify for the ballot and that some documents were falsified and backdated to cover up a “conspiracy” to violate the law....
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Initial Tally in Cecil Co GOP Primary Strongly Favors Hornberger for County Exec, Gregory for Council; More Votes to be Counted

June 2, 2020

In the first-ever, mostly mail-in primary election in Cecil County history, political novice Danielle Hornberger held a compelling lead over incumbent Alan McCarthy for County Executive in the Republican primary, while incumbent Jackie Gregory was solidly ahead in the contested GOP primary for County Council in District 5, according to early returns from the...
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Cecil County Councilor Jackie Gregory Violated Ethics Code, Commission Finds; Stops Teaching in Schools Under Panel Order

May 29, 2020

Cecil County Council member Jackie Gregory (R-5) violated county ethics rules with “an appearance of a conflict of interest” by holding a job as a substitute teacher for county schools at the same time as she served on the County Council and voted on school budgets and appropriations, according to a report by the...
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Mesneak, Hornberger Backer and Fired County Employee, Belatedly Agrees to Recuse Himself from Board of Elections Decisions on County Exec Race

May 27, 2020

Faced with a vote to force his recusal from any Cecil County Board of Elections decisions on the County Executive race, Scott Mesneak– a county employee fired by County Executive Alan McCarthy and a highly visible backer of his challenger Danielle Hornberger in the Republican primary election– belatedly agreed Tuesday (5/26/2020) to step aside,...
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Conflict of Interest Questions on Cecil Board of Elections: Mesneak Ousted from County IT Job by McCarthy; Became Active Campaigner for Hornberger

May 21, 2020

Scott Mesneak, the former IT director for Cecil County who was removed from his job by County Executive Alan McCarthy and has been an active campaigner for Danielle Hornberger in her election bid to unseat McCarthy, was recently given a seat on the county Board of Elections that will supervise the June 2 election....
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BULLETIN: Cecil County Council Adopts Intact McCarthy Budget, Rejects Gregory Hits on Emergency Services, Library

May 19, 2020

BULLETIN The Cecil County Council Tuesday night adopted the Fiscal 2021 budget proposed by County Executive Alan McCarthy after a lengthy afternoon worksession at which Council members rejected multiple spending cuts proposed by Councilor Jackie Gregory (R-5), including payments for first responders’ and correctional officers’ overtime work. The one cut in the operating budget...
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BULLETIN: Councilor Gregory Targets Emergency Services, Library, Parks for Cecil Co Budget Cuts; Worksession, Council Votes Expected Today

May 19, 2020

Cecil County Council member Jackie Gregory (R-5) has drafted a list of budget cuts for the proposed Fiscal 2021 county budget that will be considered today (5/19/2020), with no advance public notice, that particularly targets county library, parks, and emergency services, including paramedics responding to emergency calls during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Gregory, who...
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Cecil County Re-opens in Line with Hogan Orders; State Slow to Test Nursing Homes Here, Warwick new Virus “Hotspot”

May 18, 2020

Cecil County is re-opening business and social activities to the fullest extent allowed by Gov. Larry Hogan’s limited “Stage One” recovery plan as new hospitalizations for the COVID-19 virus show slight declines in the state. But a cluster of new cases in the Warwick area has emerged in recent days and county health officials...
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Mrs. Hornberger County Exec Campaign Hits Husband’s Political Pals for $; Biggest Donors, Bucks, Benefit from Kevin Hornberger Political Pressure

May 7, 2020

A CECIL TIMES Special Report Danielle Hornberger, wife of state Del. Kevin Hornberger, has raised more than $50,000 for her campaign for Cecil County Executive in the June Republican primary, relying heavily on her husband’s political contacts and campaign funds. And in her most recently reported donations, half of the money came from Port...
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Most Local Virus Deaths at Calvert Nursing Home; Hogan Boosts Aid on Lower Shore as Harris Rallies to “Re-open” Biz in Virus Hot Spot; Cecil County Launches Small Biz “Recovery” Plan

May 1, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in Maryland, new—but flawed—data from the state Health Department shows that a majority of fatalities have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. But the state report fails to accurately depict the tally in Cecil County, where the state claims there was just 1 virus death...
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COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Rise as Gov. Hogan Hopes to Re-Open State; Tests Lag on Shore—Hogan to Shore: “Drop Dead???”

April 28, 2020

A CECIL TIMES SPECIAL REPORT NEWS ANALYSIS Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has a plan to re-open the state’s economy in a safe, staged fashion while coping with the COVID-19 pandemic but the numbers—rising infections, deaths and miniscule testing rates in the state—are getting in the way. And while most of the state’s virus testing,...
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COVID-19: Schools to Stay Closed to May 15; Cecil County Exec Proposes Emergency Medical Sites, Financed by Budget Cuts

April 17, 2020

Cecil County Public Schools (CCPS) will remain closed through 5/14/2020, according to a new state order. And Cecil County Executive Alan McCarthy is proposing legislation for up to $450,000 in emergency medical services—financed by budget cuts and cost savings– to treat COVID-19 patients if there is a surge in the virus, which has already...
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