Mef­fley, Gre­gory win coun­cil seats

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER AND CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELK­TON

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

can change.

“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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Newly-elected Repub­li­can coun­cil nom­i­nee Jackie Gre­gory looks around the crowd to see re­sults from Tues­day’s pri­mary elec­tion.

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