Cecil County Vice President Alan McCarthy (R) has been elected as Cecil County’s second ever County Executive. McCarthy beat his rival, Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome (D) by capturing 27,299 votes to Tome’s 13,849 votes (66.1% to 33.6%).* McCarthy will replace Tari Moore, who declined to run again after helping to successfully transition the County from a commission form of government to a charter form of government. Moore served as the County’s first executive and was MACo’s First Vice President.
During the campaign, McCarthy focused on economic development, infrastructure improvement, fiscal responsibility, partnering with the County’s eight municipalities, and substance abuse. Tome primarily focused on public safety, economic development, and fiscal responsibility.
From a Cecil Whig article (2016-11-09):
“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 on 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.” …
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.”
Tome said he thinks McCarthy will do a good job and he’ll work with him to improve the county.
*Vote statistics from the Maryland State Board of Elections as of November 9, 1:43 AM.