BULLETIN: Re-Elect Signs for Sen. Pipkin, Del. Smigiel Crop Up Overnight

June 29, 2010

By Nancy Schwerzler Cecil Times     Like some new agricultural crop or weed that grows exponentially in a matter of hours, signs touting the re-election of Sen. E. J. Pipkin (R-36) and his cohort, Del. Michael Smigiel (R-36) cropped up overnight throughout southern Cecil County, seeming to answer the question: “what will E.J. do?”...
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Feds Drop Plan for Security Training Center in QA County

June 29, 2010

   The federal government has dropped its plan to build a State Department security training center on farmland in Queen Anne’s County, after intense local opposition from environmentalists and community activists. The decision was announced Monday in a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-MD.    The decision removes what could have been a potent...
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Cecil Charter Board Reverses Course, Votes for At-Large Council

June 21, 2010

   The Cecil County Charter Board reversed course Monday night, voting to propose a charter form of government in which County Council members would be elected at-large by all voters in the county. The Board had previously proposed election of council members only by residents of their own district.     The Charter Board voted 6-2 to...
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Del. Richard Sossi Files for Re-Election–But Hedges Bets Against Pipkin Moves

June 9, 2010

   Del. Richard Sossi, a Queen Anne’s County Republican, has filed for re-election to his 36th District House of Delegates seat– but that doesn’t mean he has a magic divining rod to determine the intentions of State Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who may run for re-election but then again might run for Comptroller and vacate his...
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State's Attorney Contest Gets Heated: UPDATE

June 8, 2010

   The campaign for Cecil County State’s Attorney could be one of the more interesting, and heated, races to watch this year as incumbent Christopher Eastridge and potential challenger Michael Halter– Eastridge’s former deputy– square off, as they did in separate interviews with The Cecil Times on Monday.     Halter criticized his former boss...
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Michael Halter Files to Run Against Chris Eastridge for State's Attorney

June 6, 2010

   Michael J. Halter, a veteran Deputy State’s Attorney for Cecil County, has filed as a Republican candidate for State’s Attorney to run against incumbent Democrat Christopher Eastridge, who appointed Halter as his deputy. Halter was once quoted as saying he would never run against Eastridge.   Eastridge suffered an embarrasing slap in the...
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"Skip" DeWitt Files as Democrat for Cecil County Sheriff

May 24, 2010

   The already hotly contested race for Cecil County Sheriff in the 2010 election has ramped up a notch with the candidacy filing of Robert ( Skip ) DeWitt, a current Deputy and the son of a very popular former Sheriff, to challenge fellow Democrat Chris Sutton in the primary election this year. Skip...
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ANALYSIS: PA House Race Signals Path for Kratovil

May 19, 2010

   The victory of Democrat Mark Critz in a special Congressional election in southwestern Pennsylvania’s 12th District may signal some trends that bode well for Maryland’s Rep. Frank Kratovil, D-1st, in the November general election, but only if the vulnerable Eastern Shore incumbent takes a few pages from Critz’ playbook.    The key lesson?...
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Family Concerns Led to Janusz' Pullback on Commissioner Race

May 3, 2010

  Joe Janusz worked for the past four years to position himself for another run for Cecil County Commissioner, taking a seat on the county Planning Commission, joining the local Democratic Club leadership and networking with local community groups. At the age of 31, Janusz seemed well positioned for a credible candidacy for the...
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EXCLUSIVE: Janusz to Withdraw from Cecil Commissioner's Race; Lockhart Likely to Run Again

April 29, 2010

  The Cecil Times has learned that Democrat Joe Janusz is expected to withdraw as a Democratic candidate for  the 3rd District Cecil County Commissioner seat in this year’s election.    Informed sources tell us that Janusz, a current member of the county’s Planning Commission, will issue a letter in the next few days...
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Bill Manlove Files Against Smigiel for Delegate

April 7, 2010

    It will be a battle between a man of few words and a man whose words never end when former Cecil County Commissioners Board President William (Bill) Manlove, of Earleville, files as a Democrat to run against incumbent Republican Michael Smigiel for the 36th District Delegate seat. Manlove will file his candidate and...
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Carl Roberts Creates Campaign $ Committee; Expected to Run Against Tome

March 1, 2010

   Former Cecil County Schools Superintendent Carl Roberts has created a campaign fundraising committee, according to online state election records, but has not yet formally declared his expected candidacy for the 4th District County Commissioner seat currently held by Democrat Wayne Tome.    Dr. Roberts, who served as the schools chief from 1996 until his retirement...
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Assault Cases Dropped Against Two Deputies

February 9, 2010

   Separate assault cases against two Cecil County Sheriff’s Deputies have been dropped, according to court records. In addition, a civil suit filed by the deputies against Sheriff Barry Janney– challenging their assignments to  menial, non-law enforcement duties pending the outcome of their criminal cases– has been dismissed.    Gregory D. Passwaters,  of Earleville, a veteran...
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Cecil Commissioner Race: Mullin Bankrolls Zeauskas

February 1, 2010

   In Cecil County, political history often repeats itself, with a few twists and turns.  So it was with surprise, but not shock, that we saw that Cecil County Commissioner James Mullin (R-1st)–with many other “AKA” names  on state campaign finance records– is the chief funder of the campaign of Republican political newcomer Chris Zeauskas,...
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Sutton for Cecil Sheriff: Lots of $ In, Lots Out

January 26, 2010

   Chris Sutton, the announced Democratic candidate for Cecil County Sheriff, had a banner year for fundraising but ended up with just $8,718 in cash on hand going into this election season. That won’t go far in a potential general election re-match against incumbent Republican Sheriff Barry Janney, one of the most successful fundraisers...
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