Sitting Councilmember Alan McCarthy won the four-way Republican Primary for Cecil County Executive, and will face off against former Commissioner Wayne Tome in the November General Election.
“I’m feeling pretty good,”, a jubilant McCarthy said Tuesday night. “I worked hard during the campaign and I’ll continue to do my best.”
All four Republican candidates for county executive participated in multiple forums while campaigning, some earning endorsements from several groups.
McCarthy, who is in his fourth year serving on the county council, feels he is in a good position to move into the executive role.
“I have a lot of ideas to help the county,” he said, noting he plans to focus on filling gaps of missing infrastructure in the commercial/industrial zoned areas of the county, especially along Route 40.
He also wants to help families and put people back to work.
His background in veterinary medicine and his years of buying and selling real estate, as well as serving eight years as a financial adviser on the Cecil College Foundation board of directors, has provided him with diverse business knowledge.
During his term on the council, McCarthy broadened his contacts in the state by serving as the county’s representative to the Maryland Association of Counties, chairman of the Upper Shore Regional Council and a member of the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. Locally, he serves on the Cecil County Drug & Alcohol Council.
Cecil County is the only jurisdiction with “staggered terms” for its elected officials, where the Executive and two of five council seats are contested during the presidential election years, rather than the gubernatorial years, though all to four year terms. Baltimore City is the only other county-level jurisdiction with general elections during the presidential years.