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to spend time cam­paign­ing. In­stead, they’ve used the time to learn more about their new jobs, county govern­ment, state govern­ment and the peo­ple they will rep­re­sent.

The duo have be­come reg­u­lars in at­ten­dance at county coun­cil meet­ings, rib­bon cut­tings, open houses and nu­mer­ous other com­mu­nity events dur­ing the last six months.

“I be­came a stu­dent of the peo­ple,” Mef­fley told the Whig this week. “I’ve talked with a lot of or­di­nary cit­i­zens, county em­ploy­ees and busi­ness own­ers.”

Mef­fley said he’s learned a lot so far. He and Gre­gory at­tended sev­eral county coun­cil meet­ings in re­cent weeks where they heard from the two sides re­gard­ing proper zon­ing for large com­mer­cial chicken farms. The two also toured the Meck Farm in Ear­leville to see how Pur­due Cole­man runs its chicken farms, Gre­gory added.

“I feel bet­ter pre­pared for of­fice now that I’ve at­tended so many meet­ings to keep up with the lat­est is­sues,” she said.

Gre­gory started at­tend­ing meet­ings un­der the county com­mis­sioner form of govern­ment as a con­cerned ci­ti­zen.

“I’ve been able to see how things have changed from the com­mis­sioner sys­tem to char­ter govern­ment,” she said.

Mef­fley hasn’t been ac­tive as long as Gre­gory, but he also be­lieves be­ing an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in govern­ment has made him bet­ter in­formed to un­der­stand the process.

Mef­fley has been such a fre­quent com­pan­ion with Greg- ory at­tend­ing meet­ings and events, that he jok­ingly refers to her as his “lit­tle sis­ter,” or them to­gether as “new­ly­weds” to pol­i­tics.

What­ever the case may be, the newly-elected coun­cil mem­bers are not tak­ing their new jobs lightly. They at­tended a half-day work­shop in An­napo­lis on Mon­day that was spon­sored by the Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties to learn about how a bill be­comes a law and the im­por­tance of fis­cal notes as Mary­land pre­pares for its 2017 Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Jan­uary.

“I’m get­ting into this to give back to Ce­cil County and to help peo­ple,” Mef­fley said. “If I can help just one per­son, I’ll be happy.” Gre­gory agrees. “I’m very ex­cited about it,” she said.

Gre­gory and her hus­band are the par­ents of three chil­dren. She earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Lib­erty Univer­sity and a mas­ter’s de­gree from McDaniel Col­lege, and has spent about 17 years in the ed­u­ca­tion field. As a found­ing mem­ber of Ce­cil County Pa­tri­ots, she is a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive who ad­vo­cates for low taxes and per­sonal prop­erty rights. She beat her pri­mary op­po­nent, Paul Tra­pani, with about 55 per­cent of the vote.

Mef­fley, a county res­i­dent for the last 55 years, has owned and op­er­ated H&B Plumb­ing in Ch­e­sa­peake City for the last 37 years, hir­ing many lo­cal res­i­dents and grad­u­ates of the Ce­cil County School of Tech­nol­ogy. He sup­ports law en­force­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, de­creas­ing sub­stance abuse and grow­ing eco­nomic devel­op­ment. He beat his pri­mary op­po­nent, Tom Cole, with about 59 per­cent of the vote.

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