Mef­fley vies to help small busi­nesses, ed­u­ca­tors

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.”

Mef­fley

learned

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.

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