Gre­gory eyes job growth, new Ce­cil em­ploy­ers

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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-

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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.

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