Schneckenburger wants to protect, build business
— 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.
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.
Dan Schneckenburger answers a question during the county executive portion of the primary forum in March.