Although Elkton’s next election is nearly a year away there’s a growing political buzz around the May 2010 election. The chatter on Main Street, at the county office building, in Chesapeake City, and other places around Cecil County, indicates that there’s a larger array of exploratory office seekers coming out earlier in the cycle. In particular, there’s a growing group of candidates interested in contesting the mayor’s seat, according to discussions we’ve had with individuals and rumors that are flying around the county seat.
Wes Walker, the owner of a couple of Elkton eateries, told Someone Noticed a few months ago, that he plans to seek the mayor’s position. Certainly Wes is familiar with the challenges in the central business district since he operates the Main Street Café across from the Courthouse. About the time the county moved its offices out to the state line, he opened Delancy Café on Route 40, near where the 200 workers are now headquartered. He thus has a unique window on Main Street to understand what can be done to strengthen the town center. Wes has been present at town meetings lately, too.
But there’s more interest in the race for the chief executive’s seat. Talk has it that a couple of former mayors have been keeping a watchful eye on the leadership position they formerly held. One of those individuals, with a decades long, successful track record of public service, has told a number of people that he’s going to compete for his old office.
While the mayor’s post is the one grabbing the most attention, there are two open commissioners’ seats. Readers of Someone Noticed have been posting comments, speculating on candidates. That speculation grows whenever the town makes controversial decisions, which has occurred a lot lately.
We’ll make sure we stay on this so we can present balanced local content as this develops, especially since town affairs receives almost no ink these days from legacy media.