Gregory eyes job growth, new Cecil employers
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— Citizen activist Jackie Gregory wants to become the next Cecil County Council member from District 5.
Council President Robert Hodge decided not to seek another term in office, leaving the post wide open.
Gregory faces opponent Paul Trapani in the Republican primary election April 26. The winner of the pri-
mary will be claim the seat in the Nov. 6 General Election, since there is no Democratic competition.
She ’s long been interested in politics, but this is her first time as a candidate.
Gregory has attended county council meetings for the past few years, and even more frequently since becoming actively involved in the Cecil County Patriots, a conservative group of concerned citizens.
The married mother-ofthree is running as a fiscal conservative who wants to cut county spending and keep taxes low, but she also wants to grow the economy by helping private industry create jobs and attract business.
“I feel confident I can be effective at the local level,” she said.
As a council member, Gregory said she would fo- cus on approving a budget that follows the county’s strategic plan.
“But we have to learn to separate needs from wants,” she said.
Gregory favors using more technology to improve customer service for county services and increase efficiency.
“I understand state mandates and would fight to reduce them and the burden they place on local government,” she said, adding that she also wants to take a closer look at all taxes to try to make reductions.
Her main concern is to grow the local economy, which she said, will increase county revenue.
“I believe we need to install infrastructure now and stop talking about it,” she said.
She worries about the unemployment rate, which she says is too high. Gregory wants to attempt to reduce regulations for business to help attract more companies here.
Another area of importance for Gregory is sup- port for law enforcement and efforts that fight substance abuse, which she believes has an impact on the local economy. She doesn’t favor all the money that has been spent on Calvert Regional Park, considering it non- essential to county operations.
Gregory earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Liberty University and a master’s degree in education from McDaniel College. She has spent the last 17 years working in the education field.