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Vacancy on Democratic Central Committee

Cecil County Democratic Central Committee has a vacancy for one female member. Interested parties shall be a registered Democratic voter and a Cecil County resident. Send letter of interest and resume to info@cecildems.org or CCDCC One Farm House Lane Elkton, MD 21921. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

File a Complaint with the State Prosecutor

Danielle Hornberger is attempting to stack the Ethics Commission in her favor. The appointees on this Commission have staggered terms specifically to avoid this. We’re encouraging you to file a complaint with the State Prosecutor’s office. The script below is based off a letter sent by Cecil County resident, former Central Committee member, and former candidate for District 36 Delegate Michael Welker.

Contact Information

Link for filing a complaint with the State Prosecutor’s Office.

Information asked for by the form:
Danielle Hornberger (R)
County Administration Building
200 Chesapeake Blvd., Suite 2100
Elkton, Maryland 21921
410-996-8324
DHornberger@ccgov.org
Date issue began: January 14, 2021

Script

My name is ___________, and I’m a resident of Cecil County Maryland.

Just a few weeks ago, our County Executive Danielle Hornberger fired the entire county Ethics Commission and attempted to install her own hand-picked board.

This is rather alarming and unprecedented, and the Ethics Commission is intended to be an independent body aimed at holding our government accountable. But if the County Executive has the power to change the Commission any time they want, despite what the County charter says, then it renders the Commission useless and potentially biased.

The County Charter states that members of the Commission are to serve out their terms to the end, and that they’re to be staggered terms. The intent of staggered terms is to prevent any one administration from stacking the Commission in their favor. What Mrs. Hornberger did is the very thing the staggered terms were created to prevent.

The reason this happened is the former Ethics Commission found one of our County Council members, Jackie Gregory, to be in a conflict of interest, as she works for the local public-school system while also serving on the County Council. Mrs. Gregory and Mrs. Hornberger are close friends, so Mrs. Hornberger fired the whole Ethics Commission to help Mrs. Gregory.

When the County Council voted this past week on the ethics appointees, they voted to reject them. The only council member to approve them was Mrs. Gregory.

We are concerned she will find a way to push this stacked Ethics Commission through regardless of the Council’s vote and the citizens’ concerns.

If this is allowed, then what is the point of having Democracy? We need the state to intervene. This is unacceptable.

It comes down to advocating for an open government. If we cannot rely on our local ethics committee to hold our government accountable, then we are at the whim of one person.

I hope you can do something to help.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Vacancy on Democratic Central Committee

Cecil County Democratic Central Committee has a vacancy for one male member. Interested parties shall be a registered Democratic voter and a Cecil County resident. Send letter of interest and resume to info@cecildems.org or CCDCC One Farm House Lane Elkton, MD 21921. Deadline for submission is Monday, October 12, 2020.

Please Vote in the Primary Election

The following information has been obtained from the Maryland State Board of Elections website as it applies to residents Cecil County:

The Democratic Central Committee is reaching out to you today to assure that you have the most current information pertaining to the upcoming primary election. Most of you are well aware that the Party Primary Election has been postponed until June 2 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In our conversations with citizens around Cecil County, however, we have discovered that some people are not aware that the governor announced on April 10, 2020, that the party primary elections will be conducted through vote-by-mail.

The Maryland Democratic and Republican party presidential primaries originally scheduled for April 28, 2020, will now be held on June 2, 2020. Eligible voters will be mailed either a Democratic or Republican ballot based upon their registered party of affiliation. Unaffiliated voters (independents) and voters affiliated with other parties are not eligible to vote in the primary election, and will not receive a ballot by mail.

For Cecil County voters who cannot vote by mail, in-person election day voting will be available at the Cecil County Administration building.

You should receive your ballot in early to mid-May. (This will be your only ballot. Do not discard it.) You may submit your voted ballot by US mail or hand-deliver it to one of two official drop-off locations in the county. (There are no online, email or fax options.)

Use the envelope provided with your ballot. No postage is required—the envelope has pre-paid postage. Your voted ballot must be postmarked on or before election day, June 2, 2020. Alternatively, ballots may be hand delivered from May 21, 2020, through June 2, 2020, to one of two ballot drop-off boxes located at: Cecil County Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elkton, MD; and Rising Sun Town Hall, 1 E. Main Street, Rising Sun, MD.

In preparing for the primary, I urge you to go to the State Board of Elections website review your voter registration record. The website is: https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch. This site also allows you to register to vote and update your name, address and/or party affiliation. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call the Cecil County Board of Elections, 410-996-5310, or the State Board of Elections, 1-800-222-8683, and ask for assistance. Please note that voter registration for the 2020 primaries closes on May 27, 2020.

To learn about current candidates, visit sites such as vote411.org or vote-usa.org. Our democracy works if its citizens inform themselves about issues and candidates and cast their votes for the candidates they believe will best serve our community, state, and national interests. Please vote.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Vacancies on Democratic Central Committee

Cecil County Democratic Central Committee has two vacancies for male members. Interested parties shall be a registered Democratic voter and a Cecil County resident. Send letter of interest and resume to info@cecildems.org or CCDCC One Farm House Lane Elkton, MD 21921. Deadline for submission is Monday, August 3, 2020. This is an extension of the previous deadline for the initial vacancy. If you have any questions, please contact the CCDCC at info@cecildems.org.