McCarthy tops Tome

GOP con­tin­ues hold on exec.

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

ELK­TON

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 WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Cecil County Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Alan McCarthy smiles as he ad­dresses sup­port­ers in Elk­ton fol­low­ing his vic­tory in the county ex­ec­u­tive race.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

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