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.