Election Deadline

Administrative Assistant Diane Letts and County Election IT Specialist Josh Collins with the voting machines.

Cecil County's director of elections is worried about the lack of candidates filing to run in the primary election on April 3.

"It's very unusual this close to filing deadline to have so few candidates," Evelyn Potter said Wednesday. "It will be here before you know it."

The Jan. 11 filing deadline for the primary is less than six weeks away and only the two incumbent county commissioners, one county executive candidate and three candidates for judge have filed, so far.

A few potential candidates have picked up filing papers, but have not returned them.

Potter and her staff are busy preparing for the election. Josh Collins, a county IT specialist, has already started pre-election maintenance of the voting machines.

The deadline to register to vote, or to change political party affiliation, is March 13 at 9 p.m.

Early voting begins March 24 at 10 a.m. and will run through March 29 at the County Administration Building in Elkton.

County Commissioner Robert Hodge, who is seeking re-election to his 5th District seat on the new five-member county council, filed in August. So far, no one is challenging Hodge, a Republican, who is seeking his second four-year term.

County Commissioner Jim Mullin, a Republican, who currently serves as board president, filed for re-election Monday, also seeking another four years representing the 1st District - this time as a county council member. So far, Mullins has no challengers.

Mullin and Hodge are the only two commissioners whose terms expire this year.

Seats held by commissioners Diana Broomell, Michael Dunn and Tari Moore, all Republicans, will be up for election in 2014.

However, Moore, has already announced she is going to run for county executive. If she wins, the Republican Central Committee would appoint a replacement to fill out the remainder of her council term.

Moore said she plans to file as soon as she returns from vacation.

North East Mayor Robert McKnight was the first to file and currently remains the only candidate for county executive. McKnight, a Democrat, filed his candidacy a little more than a month ago.

Cecil County Circuit Court judges Keith Baynes and Jane Cairns Murray have already filed to retain their seats on the bench. Maryland requires that a judge recently appointed to the bench by the governor must run for election on the next ballot. Judges serve 15-year terms.

Delegate Michael Smigiel, R-Upper Shore, has also filed as candidate for the two seats on the Circuit Court in Cecil County.

If no one else files, all three names will appear on both Democrat and Republican ballots in the April 3 primary.

"The top two vote getters on each ballot will move onto the general election," Potter said.

Cecil County voters also will elect two school board members in 2012. School board terms for seats currently held by William Manlove, recently appointed to fill the remaining term of Chris Loller, representing District 1, and Lauren Camphausen, serving District 2, expire in 2012. So far, no candidates have filed.

Potter said she also needs more election judges to work all day of the primary and the general elections. Election judges are paid $150 each day they work, but Potter warned it could be a 15-hour day. Election judges are also required to attend a three-hour training class in February, which pays them $25.

Anyone interested in working as an election judge should contact the Cecil County Board of Elections office at 410-996-5310.

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