McCarthy tops Tome
GOP continues hold on exec.
— Republican County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy won the race for county executivetive against his Democratic opponent Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome on Tuesday night.
McCarthy will become the county’s second county executive under charter government and
its first male in that role. County Executive Tari Moore became the first to serve as county executive in 2012 and chose to not seek re-election, finishing up her four-year term in December.
McCarthy, who is just completing four years on the county council where he has served in a leadership role, chose to forego seeking another term on council to run for the executive position after
realizing he can accomplish more of the goals he has for the county in that leadership position.
“It’s a new day and a new way,” McCarthy said after election results became clear Tuesday night.
“We will do some great things together,” McCarthy told a throng of supporters who had gathered at Minihane’s Pub in Elkton Tuesday night. “I feel quite honored tonight and am very thankful for the people who came before me so I can do good things. I’ve traveled throughout the county and I hear your voice.”
McCarthy called Tome before he spoke and told the crowd that Tome promised to work with him to move the county forward.
“We will and we can make Cecil County better,” McCarthy said offering greater transparency with citizens, towns and county council under his leadership.
A gracious Wayne Tome thanked his supporters as he conceded the election to McCarthy.
“I had a feeling it was going this way,” he said Tuesday night. “It’s been going this way since 2008 and I was up against a lot of anti-Obama and anti-Clinton sentiment in Cecil County.” Republican Alan McCarthy receives a concession phone call from his Democratic county executive opponent, Wayne Tome, following the Tuesday election.
Tome said he thinks McCarthy will do a good job and he’ll work with him to improve the county.
Tome, a lifelong resident of Port Deposit and current mayor, will return to his job at the Baltimore County Fire Department where he recently was promoted
to division chief. And, he’ll continue to volunteer at Water Witch Fire Company in Port Deposit where he has served for 35 years.
Tome ran on a platform of job creation and support for continued quality of life in Cecil County. He was elected as a county com-
missioner in 2006 and served a four-year term there, and this year will mark a third losing later bid for election after falling short in 2010 and 2014 for commissioner and council.
McCarthy believes he can set the county up for future suc- cess and promises to surround himself with a team of competent people to help him run the county.
“I know how it works now and I think I’m ready for the job,” McCarthy said last week.
He expects to focus on economic development out of the gate. One plan McCarthy wants to implement is to place deadlines on all the steps required for project approval, or streamlining the process. He will continue projects that will connect infrastructure’s missing links in the county’s growth corridor.
“You can’t attract businesses without infrastructure,” he said.
McCarthy promises to work collaboratively with each of the towns on projects that could prove economical for all.
He plans to be available for the public and for staff as much as possible after taking office. McCarthy will use his strengths in financing and balancing budgets to look for efficiencies at the county level.
McCarthy, who lives in Chesapeake City, is a retired veterinarian and a local businessman. He has served on the Cecil College Foundation Board for eight years and is a member of the Cecil County Drug and Alcohol Council. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978.
Cecil County Council Vice President Alan McCarthy smiles as he addresses supporters in Elkton following his victory in the county executive race.