Cecil Whig - - OPIN­ION -

“I feel blessed I was able to run this race,” Sch­neck­en­burger said Tues­day night. “I think the dif­fer­ence was that Alan an­nounced so early and got way out ahead of me, but I wish him the best. I’ll sup­port him mov­ing for­ward and we’ll work well to­gether.”

Vot­ing to­tals for the 2016 pri­mary elec­tion, in­clud­ing early vot­ing, gave McCarthy 42 per­cent of the vote, while Sch­neck­en­burger held a slim lead for sec­ond with 26 per­cent and con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist Joe Cara­betta Repub­li­can county ex­ec­u­tive nom­i­nee Alan McCarthy (left) shakes hands with Ron Lobos, who lost a pri­mary race for school board, while Kathy Kunda looks on.

came in third with 23 per­cent while new­comer Greg MacDon­ald earned about 11 per­cent.

“I’m feel­ing pretty good,”, a ju­bi­lant McCarthy said Tues­day night. “I worked hard dur­ing the cam­paign and I’ll con­tinue to do my best.”

All four Repub­li­can can­di­dates for county ex­ec­u­tive par­tic­i­pated in mul­ti­ple fo­rums while cam­paign­ing, some earn­ing en­dorse­ments from sev­eral groups.

“I think it’s un­for­tu­nate that vot­ers de­cided to take the path of higher taxes, higher fees and higher debt in this elec­tion,” a dis­ap­pointed Cara­betta said Tues­day night. “I worked very hard in this cam­paign, but it’s hard to fight big money. I do want to thank all my sup­port­ers.”

McCarthy, who is in his fourth year serv­ing on the county coun­cil, feels he is in a good po­si­tion to move into the ex­ec­u­tive role.

“I have a lot of ideas to help the county,” he said, not­ing he plans to fo­cus on fill­ing gaps of miss­ing in­fra­struc­ture in the com­mer­cial/ in­dus­trial zoned ar­eas of the county, es­pe­cially along Route 40.

He also wants to help fam­i­lies and put peo­ple back to work.

His back­ground in vet­eri­nary medicine and his years of buy­ing and sell­ing real es­tate, as well as serv­ing eight years as a fi­nan­cial ad­viser on the Ce­cil Col­lege Foun­da­tion board of di­rec­tors, has pro­vided him with di­verse busi­ness knowl­edge.

Dur­ing his term on the coun­cil, McCarthy broad­ened his con­tacts in the state by serv­ing as the county’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties, chair­man of the Up­per Shore Re­gional Coun­cil and a mem­ber of the Clean Ch­e­sa­peake Coali­tion. Lo­cally, he serves on the Ce­cil County Drug & Al­co­hol Coun­cil.

Sch­neck­en­burger is dis­ap­pointed he didn’t win, but is ready to roll up his sleeves and get back to work for the county.

“I’m not go­ing any­where,” he said Tues­day.

Cara­betta, a re­tired civil­ian leader at Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground and long­time Repub­li­can ac­tivist, is go­ing to take time to eval­u­ate his fu­ture in­volve­ment in pol­i­tics.

MacDon­ald, who spent 18 years at W.L. Gore, could not be reached for com­ment late Tues­day.


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