Trapani wants to improve residents’ quality of life
— 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.
“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.