Meffley, Gregory win council seats
— Cecil County voters chose Bob Meffley and Jackie Gregory to represent them in County Council Districts 1 and 5, respectively, in Republican primary balloting Tuesday.
With no Democratic challenger in either race, both Republican nominees will be listed alone on the November general election ballot, making them the de facto winners Tuesday of the seats left open by Council President Robert Hodge, who did not seek re-election, and Council Vice President Alan McCarthy, who won the Republican nomination
for county Tuesday.
Gregory won her seat over Paul Trapani with 55 percent of the vote. Similarly, Meffley bested Thomas J. Cole Jr. with 59.4 percent of the vote.
“I’m very honored,” Gregory said Tuesday night. “We worked really hard. My campaign team was really committed. I owe it to them. They did all the work.”
An active member of the Cecil County Patriots, Gregory is familiar with county politics. With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education, she’s spent 17 years teaching. While campaigning, Gregory said she would work to keep taxes low, but grow the economy by helping private industry create jobs and attract business.
With the campaigning over, Gregory said her focus executive on
“Now, I take the time to learn everything I can to prepare myself for the position,” she said, adding she would study “more in depth than I have already.”
During the six months between now and the general election on Nov. 8, Meffley said he also plans to place a greater emphasis on preparing for his work as a county council member than on campaigning for the position.
“All this does is give me more time to study the county. I will use this time to meet again with the mayors of the towns, the school board members, the school superintendent. I want to hit the ground running. I know a lot about this county already, but I want to continue learning about this county.”
Meffley, a Chesapeake City-area resident who has owned H&B Plumbing for 37 years, told the Whig during his campaign that he
was seeking public office to give back to the county in which he has lived for the past 55 years.
As the candidate who received the endorsement of the Cecil County Classroom Teachers Association, Meffley also said prior to the election his list of priorities includes aiding Cecil County educators and students.
Meffley thanked his campaign committee and support team of family and friends, commenting, “I couldn’t have done this without them. They all worked so hard.”
Cole could not be reached by phone for comment.
Although disappointed with the outcome for District 5, Trapani said he would remain active in county government in some capacity.
“I still live here ... and I’ll try to make Cecil County a better place for everyone,” Trapani said from Sunset Cafe at his Harbor North Marina.
As for his opponent, he said, “I hope she does well.”
Hodge decided not to seek another term in office, leaving the post wide open for District 5, which covers the Principio and Charlestown area, then cuts over toward Elkton. McCarthy’s District 1 starts in southern Elkton and includes all points south in Cecil County. Council members must represent districts throughout Cecil County, but they are elected at-large.
Newly-elected Republican council nominee Jackie Gregory looks around the crowd to see results from Tuesday’s primary election.