Meffley vies to help small businesses, educators
— Bob Meffley said he’s seeking public office to give back to the county he’s lived in for the last 55 years.
A Chesapeake City-area resident and owner of H&B Plumbing for the last 36 years, Meffley decided several months ago to run for the District 1 seat on Cecil County Council.
“I feel I can give a business approach to government and I understand concerns of the small business
owner and average citizen,” he said.
Meffley faces Thomas J. Cole Jr. in the Republican primary race. Whoever emerges as the nominee ultimately becomes the next councilman, since no Democrat has offered competition in the General Election Nov. 8.
Since filing for the District 1 seat, which currently is held by outgoing Council Vice President Alan McCarthy, Meffley has been aggressively campaigning throughout the county.
“I’ve experienced bad times and good times as a business owner, and I understand budget and fiscal reports,” he said.
Among Meffley’s priorities is support for law enforcement and first responders; completing missing links of infrastructure along the Route 40 business growth corridor; streamlining permit process; and keeping fees low enough to attract businesses and users to the existing infrastructure.
His list also included aiding Cecil County educators and students.
“I have seen firsthand where I feel our educators are lacking funds,” said Meffley, who also supports funding for the Cecil County Public Library and the School of Technology, where he has served on its advisory board for 20 years. “I hired four guys from VoTech who went on in their careers to become master plumbers.”
Friday night that he received the endorsement of the Cecil County Classroom Teachers Association.
“I’m very pleased to get their support,” he said.
Regarding substance abuse, Meffley believes the county needs to focus on the youth and parents through education programs about the damage caused on individuals, families and society.
“We also need to offer better recovery and counseling options for those seeking help,” he said.
Meffley wants to improve the number of job opportu- nities in Cecil County by giving priority to local contractors when possible. He also has a vision of expanding public transit for all citizens.
Meffley prides himself in being a good listener and a people person. If elected, he says he would be in communication often with not only his staff, but also the leadership in each of towns.
As a county council member, Meffley says he’ll work hard to improve the county and people will know where he stands on issues because he usually says what he thinks.