MacDonald wants to cut spending, focus development
— Greg MacDonald, a fourth generation Cecil County resident who lives in Elkton, is seeking the Republican nomination for county executive in the primary election April 26.
The 47-year-old who has never previously run for elected office describes himself as a “liberty candidate.”
He has followed politics from the sidelines for years without getting involved until recently when he started attending meetings of the Cecil County Campaign for Liberty, a local offshoot of the conservative political advocacy group started by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, and paying more attention
to local elections.
MacDonald has attended county meetings in the past and has, at times, spoken out on certain issues. He views himself as a fiscal conservative and believes the county spends more money than it needs.
“I would work to curb spending,” he said.
MacDonald thinks the government should be less involved in the lives of its citizens. He opposes spending taxpayer’s money on agriculture preservation, citing preservation of the McCoy Farm in Rising Sun as an example.
“I see farm preservation as a government subsidy,” he said.
MacDonald has spoken out against spending any more county money at this time on improving Calvert Park, calling it a luxury not a necessity.
“I don’t see why we should go deeper in debt for this project,” he said.
He supports the
Cecil County Public Schools and sees the need to do a better job of school building maintenance and paying teachers higher salaries. MacDonald also would prioritize spending money on road repairs, which has been neglected in recent years because of a cutback in funding from the state.
If elected, MacDonald would try to streamline and reduce red tape in the permitting process and reduce regulations that sometimes delay or hamper economic development projects.
“I want to grow the economy and create more job opportunities here,” he said. “I have a growth vision.”
MacDonald explained his growth vision is one of marketing undeveloped parcels of land in the growth corridor that already have water and sewer available.
“This should be our prime target,” said MacDonald, noting that most of these parcels are near town borders. “If a good prospect would be interested in a parcel without water and sewer, I would consider negotiating to have the county frontfund the extension, but have the user pay the county back over time.”
He supports the Second Amendment and is a gun owner.
MacDonald spent 18 years in the recycling unit at W.L.Gore. He is a graduate of Rising Sun High School, attended Cecil College and has two step-daughters and two grandchildren.
Greg MacDonald answers a question during the county executive portion of the primary forum in March.