Sch­neck­en­burger wants to pro­tect, build busi­ness

Cecil Whig - - ELECTION PROFILES - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— County Coun­cil­man Dan Sch­neck­en­burger, who is mid-way through his first four-year term, is run­ning for county ex­ec­u­tive and faces three Repub­li­can op­po­nents in the April 26 pri­mary elec­tion.

Sch­neck­en­burger, who is past pres­i­dent of the Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce, has long been a pro­po­nent of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and job growth here.

He sup­ports strong com­mu­ni­ca­tion with all lev­els of govern­ment and says he will con­tinue to in­vest in ed­u­ca­tion, as well as in­fras­truc­ture and re­duc­tion of sub­stance abuse in Ce­cil County.

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He an­nounced Tues­day that one of his first ma­jor ac­tions if elected county ex­ec­u­tive will be to work with the county coun­cil to pass leg­is­la­tion tar­get­ing busi­nesses who hire un­doc­u­mented work­ers. The leg­is­la­tion would al­low the ad­min­is­tra­tion to ter­mi­nate any county con­tract with any busi­ness that know­ingly hires un­doc­u­mented work­ers.

“We are see­ing a surge of il­le­gal im­mi­grants mov­ing into ru­ral Mary­land coun­ties, they are tak­ing jobs away from Amer­ica citizens and cost­ing tax­pay­ers mil­lions of dol­lars,” he said.

He pointed to a Fred­er­ick County bust last year where 150 il­le­gal im­mi­grants were ar­rested on felony charges, 71 of them sus­pected to be mem­bers of dan­ger­ous gangs, as a rea­son to ad­dress the is­sue through leg­is­la­tion here.

“We have to put plans and po­lices in place at a lo­cal level to dis­cour­age il­le­gal im­mi­grants from lo­cat­ing in Ce­cil County, this is an eco­nomic and pub­lic safety prob­lem,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to ter­mi­nat­ing con­tracts with em­ploy­ers who hire il­le­gal work­ers, Sch­neck­en­burger has pledged to elim­i­nat­ing county grant fund­ing to any or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides fund­ing to as­sist il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

“I am a strong sup­porter of law en­force­ment and Sec- ond Amend­ment rights,” said Sch­neck­en­burger, vow­ing to help Ce­cil County reach its full po­ten­tial, if elected as county ex­ec­u­tive.

While he is orig­i­nally from Delaware, Sch­neck­en­burger has lived in Ce­cil County for about 27 years and has been ac­tive in or­ga­ni­za­tions in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the cham­ber and Susque­hanna Work­force Net­work, as well as work­ing on the writ­ing of the county’s char­ter.

He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Delaware in 1982 and has worked in Delaware and Mary­land in the engi­neer­ing field. Sch­neck­en­burger lives in the Fair Hill area with his wife and daugh­ter.

If he loses the ex­ec­u­tive race, Sch­neck­en­burger will con­tinue to serve the re­main­ing two years of his coun­cil term. If he wins, the Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee will ap­point some­one to fin­ish his term.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

Dan Sch­neck­en­burger an­swers a ques­tion dur­ing the county ex­ec­u­tive por­tion of the pri­mary fo­rum in March.

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