ELKTON — The Cecil County Republican Central Committee is accepting letters of intent from those 4th district residents interested in filling the Cecil County Council seat being vacated by George Patchell.
Patchell announced earlier this month that he is leaving the elected post to become town administrator for Perryville. His last day in office is Oct. 17.
Because he is a registered Republican the duty of finding his replacement falls to the GOP. However Kathie Kennedy, party chairwoman, said candidates from other parties are welcome to state interest in being interviewed by the Central Committee.
“Anybody can submit their name,” Kennedy said Monday, but added the person must be at least 18 and a registered voter. “We are getting some interest from people who have never participated before.”
Kennedy said that letter of intent should give information including credentials and relevant experience.
The deadline to send in that email to info@CecilGOP.org is Oct. 22. Interviews will begin after Oct. 25.
“We will do the interviews as the full Central Committee,” Kennedy said.
While the Cecil County Charter clearly indicates that the committee must send names to the County Council for its approval, she said the number of candidates to be submitted is not as clear.
“If we only send one name forward they could decide on their own,” she said.
The new council member must be established within 30 days of Patchell’s departure.
Cecil County voted to convert from a commissioner style of government to charter in 2010, and the new form went into effect in December 2012. This is the first time a council member has resigned since it was enacted.
NORTH EAST — An Elkton woman and a man from Magnolia, Del. died in separate weekend incidents in the same stretch of Maryland Route 272 over the weekend according to Maryland State Police.
Officers from the North East barrack told the Whig that Nicole Marie Robinson, 39, from Elkton and David C. Hubley, 60, from Magnolia were pronounced dead at the scene four hours apart. According to officers they no sooner got the first incident cleared when the second occurred.
Investigators said Robinson was wearing dark clothing when she attempted to cross North East Road north of Lums Road just before 10 p.m. Saturday. An Elkton woman in a 2014 Chevy Malibu, Guadalupe Paniagua, 24, of Elkton, did not see her and struck the pedestrian. The investigation kept that portion of road closed for more than 2 hours.
Just after 2 a.m. came reports that a 2019 Jeep Cherokee had collided head on with a 2005 Ford F-250 pick. up truck in the same location.
Investigators with the North East barrack do not know how or why the Jeep, driven by Hubley, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane. It was in the area where traffic merges with Interstate 95 and lanes of traffic converge.
The driver of the pick up, Luke Mahan, 21, from Elkton, was not injured. Passengers in both vehicles went to Christiana Hospital for evaluation and treatment.
That investigation closed the road again, this time for 3 hours, according to police. Impaired driving has not been ruled out, police said Monday.
The Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office is studying the first incident to determine if charges will be filed.
Anyone who may have additional information should contact the North East barrack at 410-996-7800.