Van Hollen stops in Cecil during senate campaign
— U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen made two stops in Cecil County on Thursday as he continues his campaign for retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat.
The Democrat, who served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1991 to 1995 and the Maryland Senate from 1995 to 2003, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s 8th district in 2003. He faces Republican
candidate Delegate Kathy Szeliga in the race for Mikulski’s seat on Tuesday. Szeliga also made a private stop in the county this week, visiting the Orbital ATK facility.
On Thursday afternoon, Van Hollen toured the newly-renovated Perryville Elementary School and then stopped by the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office to learn about the impact of substance abuse on local crime.
As he began his visit at the sheriff’s office, Van Hollen told Sheriff Scott Adams he would like to develop a good relationship, noting Cecil County’s aggressive approach to the substance abuse issue.
“You’ve been a good working model,” he said.
In response to Van Hollen’s question about law enforcement challenges in the county, Adams said that outdated data is a big problem.
“It’s hard to know if what we’re doing is having an impact because the data we are given is usually two years old,” Adams said.
In 2011, Cecil County had the most heroin overdose deaths in the state of
U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen answers questions from thirdgraders during a visit to Perryville Elementary School
Sandy Cove Ministries employees subdue Dfc. Joseph Kenley, trying a swarm method they had just learned.