MacDon­ald wants to cut spend­ing, fo­cus de­vel­op­ment

Cecil Whig - - ELECTION PROFILES - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELK­TON

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Greg MacDon­ald an­swers a ques­tion dur­ing the county ex­ec­u­tive por­tion of the pri­mary fo­rum in March.

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