Tra­pani wants to im­prove res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— An Elk River ma­rina owner said he wants to give vot­ers a choice, so he’s run­ning for the District 5 Ce­cil County Coun­cil seat.

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Robert Hodge de­cided not to seek an­other term in of­fice, leav­ing the post wide open.

Paul Tra­pani, owner of Har­bour North Ma­rina and Sun­set Cafe, threw his hat into the ring on the last day to file for the elec­tion.

ELK­TON

“I wanted to give vot­ers a choice,” said Tra­pani, who is run­ning against Jackie Gre­gory for the post in the Repub­li­can pri­mary elec­tion April 26.

The win­ner of the pri­mary will be claim the seat in the Nov. 6 Gen­eral Elec­tion, since there is no Demo­cratic com­pe­ti­tion.

In 2012, Tra­pani was a Repub­li­can can­di­date in the county ex­ec­u­tive race ul­ti­mately won by Tari Moore, who is in the fi­nal year of a four-year term and is also not seek­ing re-elec­tion.

If elected to the county coun­cil, Tra­pani says he’s pre­pared for the job. He has four decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in the ma­rine in­dus­try and has held lead­er­ship roles on sev­eral boards.

The life­long Repub­li­can was ap­pointed to serve on the Ci­ti­zen Bud­get Advi- sory Com­mit­tee, where he served two years be­fore it was dis­banded. While on the com­mit­tee, he learned de­tails of county ex­pen­di­tures, like ex­penses of the fleet man­age­ment pro­gram, which he said he would like to con­tinue to mon­i­tor. He said he would look for more ef­fi­cien­cies in county govern­ment.

“I’ve stud­ied the county bud­get and un­der­stand the chal­lenges fac­ing the govern­ment,” he said.

Tra­pani said re­duc­tion of crime and sub­stance abuse needs to be a high pri­or­ity.

He also would work to re­duce taxes, which he said is needed.

Tra­pani will fo­cus on im­prov­ing the lo­cal econ­omy by mak­ing the county more busi­ness friendly and com­pet­i­tive with other nearby ju­ris­dic­tions.

Over­all, Tra­pani said his goal is to im­prove the qual­ity of life for all res­i­dents of Ce­cil County. He is a strong sup­porter of Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools, Ce­cil Col­lege and the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary.

“I’ve had a life­time in busi­ness for my­self and I know how to make de­ci­sions,” he said.

Tra­pani grad­u­ated from Loy­ola High School in Tow­son in 1968 and at­tended Loy­ola Col­lege be­fore he got in­volved in the com­mer­cial ma­rine in­dus­try and later the recre­ational ma­rine in­dus­try.

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