Cecil's primary election features big fields for first county executive and an interesting judicial contest

Cecil County voters, who did not take part in early voting, set to end Thursday, will get their chance to make their voices heard on the regular primary election day on Tuesday, April 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This year is the first voting for offices created when voters, after many previous failed attempts, approved a home rule charter for the county in the 2010 general election.

The primary election also features an interesting judicial race involving three candidates. Both Republicans and Democrats can vote for two of the three.

Circuit Court Judges Keith A. Baynes and Jane Murray were both appointed to the bench in 2011 by Gov.Martin O'Malley. Opposing them is Michael D. Smigiel, an outspoken Republican state delegate, who represents the legislative district that covers most of the northern and eastern part of the county.

Cecil had 59,265 registered voters as of early Wednesday, according to the county's board of elections. Of the total, 23,544 are Democrat, 22,967 are Republican and 11,602 are unaffiliated. The unaffiliated voters can't participate in the primary.

Crowded executive fields

In the county's first race for county executive, Republicans have seven candidates, while Democrats have three.

The Republican candidates for county executive are Richard T. Boyle, Diana Broomell, Michael A. Dawson, Harry Hepbron, Tari Moore, Pete Pritchard and Paul Trapani. Broomell is a county commissioner, Hepbron is a former county commissioner and Dawson is a Perryville town commissioner.

Democrats will be voting for one of three candidates for county executive: Pamela R. Howard, Robert McKnight or Winston Robinson.

Voters will also be selecting nominees for the first Cecil County Council in council districts 1 and 5, which represent the eastern edge and North East and Charlestown areas. Voting for council seats is at-large.

Federal offices

President Barack Obama does not have challengers for the Democratic nomination, but the Republican ballot will have eight choices, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who are locked in a fight to the finish for their party's nomination.

The only Republican choice for U.S. Representative in Congressional District 1, which all of Cecil is in, is incumbent Congressman Andy Harris, of Baltimore County, who is running unopposed.

Hopefuls for U.S. Representative on the Democratic ticket, who would ultimately challenge Andy Harris, include John LaFerla, Kim Letke and Wendy Rosen.

Republicans will also be voting for U.S. Senator from a choice of Joseph Alexander, Daniel John Bongino, Robert "BRO" Broadus, William Thomas Capps Jr., Richard J. Douglas, Rick Hoover, David Jones, John B. Kimble, Brian Vaeth and Corrogan R. Vaughn.

Democratic Senate candidates include Raymond Levi Blagmon, incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin, J.P. Cusick, Chris Garner, Ralph Jaffe,C. Anthony Muse, Blaine Taylor, Ed Tinus and Lih Young.

For more information, contact the Cecil County Board of Elections at http://www.ccgov.org/election_bd/ or 410-996-5310.

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