Miller ousts Schneckenburger for District 3 Council!!

He did it! Al Miller won the election for District 3 County Council. Congratulations!

Featured in the Cecil Whig, here is what they had to say about the election.

ELKTON — Cecil County voters have overwhelmingly decided that Al Miller will represent District 3 on the county council for the next four years, unseating Council Vice President Dan Schneckenburger and defeating challenger Thomas Wilson in the Republican primary Tuesday.

Miller will be listed alone on the November general election ballot, as there is no Democratic challenger to face him. Supported by the Cecil Business Leaders (CBL) for Better Government political action committee and the Republican Club of Cecil County, and raising an astounding amount of campaign funds for a council race, Miller challenged incumbent Schneckenburger for his seat when he filed last winter. Wilson joined the race closer to the filing deadline.

Miller won the seat with 51.8 percent of the vote (2,735 votes), besting Schneckenburger who secured 32.9 percent of the vote (1,735 votes) and Wilson who gained 15.3 percent of the vote (805 votes).

“I’m overwhelmed. It’s been truly humbling to see the outpouring of support from the voters,” Miller said minutes fresh off his victory. “I’m going to work hard to live up to the voters’ expectations … and work hard to make the best better in the county.”

Although this is Miller’s first foray into local politics — let alone his first win — he is an active member of the community through volunteering and agriculture. Miller has a bachelor’s degree in general agriculture from the University of Delaware, worked as a salesman for AG-Industrial since 1978 and has served as the longtime president as the Cecil County Fair Board.

While campaigning, Miller celebrated Cecil County’s farm roots and advocated balancing that against the county’s future economic development to bring more jobs, even expanding the career opportunities in agriculture.

Miller also touted his experience with the county’s fair budget showing his fiscal responsibility, arguing that there was a difference when it came to wants and needs when it comes to taxpayer dollars.

Speaking to his journey on the campaign trail, Miller wanted to congratulate the other council winners and thank his team.

“From day one, this has been a team effort and I basically love these people. Win or lose, I worked with some awesome people to get here,” he said.

Miller’s victory also continues the CBL’s unbroken streak of backing winning candidates for county offices. Schneckenburger, a Fair Hill businessman and former president of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, was supported by the PAC in his first bid for council in 2014.

Two years later in a contentious primary race for county executive, the CBL favored then-Council Vice President Alan McCarthy over him for the job. During this race, Schneckenburger was asked by members of the Republican Club of Cecil County if he would continue to be “distracted” by the opportunity of higher office if he was re-elected.

Schneckenburger “absolutely” thought that his run for county executive was a factor into his loss.

“I don’t regret that decision. In politics, decisions like that count for you or against you,” he said Tuesday night. “I believe you should always be a candidate and races shouldn’t be unopposed. And you have to run to win.”

While he was disappointed and surprised with the results, Schneckenburger wanted to extend his congratulations to Miller.

While the councilman thought it was too soon to comment whether he would return for another run for elected office, he did say he wouldn’t “rule anything out.”

Thomas Wilson, a political consultant and furniture reproduction business owner in Rising Sun, was unable to comment as of press time Tuesday night.

This marks Wilson’s second lost race, as he unsuccessfully ran against then Delegate Wayne Norman for the State Senate seat for District 35.

Now that the dust has settled, Miller will be sworn into office in December, after the general election has run its course. But for now, he said his attention will be on the Cecil County Fair in a few weeks.

“I still got some things to learn in the six months,” Miller said.

Delegate Kevin Hornberger (R-35A), who was at Schneckenburger’s watch party at Mario’s Pizza in Cherry Hill, commented that he thought everyone ran a clean campaign.

“Everyone kept their gloves clean and I think that makes everyone a winner,” said the delegate who didn’t face a primary challenge. “Despite what’s happening at a federal level, there’s still tolerance here and we get along. I support any Republican who wins this primary.”

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Tomorrow! Primary Election day June 26th, 2018!

Tomorrow is the day! June 26th, 2018 at 7am the doors open for the primary election day. Poll closes at 8pm. Al will be campaigning around Cecil County voting spots throughout the day. Be on the lookout! Also be on the lookout for Bob, who will be driving his tractor to the Calvert Elementary! We are looking forward to tomorrow and can’t wait to see you all come out and vote!

 

 

Cecil Daily Article Spotlight!

On June 19th, Al was featured in an article in the Cecil Daily. Check out below what they said!

“ELKTON — First-time candidate Al Miller isn’t looking like a political novice, bringing in a staggering $32,399 during his Republican primary campaign for Cecil County Council District 3, according to the latest round of campaign finance reports.

Miller’s haul through June 15 is greater than even County Executive Alan McCarthy’s 2016 campaign, which raised around $25,000 through the general election. So far, Miller has spent more than $21,500 on yard signs, billboards, website design, newspaper ads, fundraisers and giveaway items, along with other items.

“This has been the most humbling thing that has ever happened to me in my life,” Miller said Tuesday, thanking his father, fiancee and friend Richard Hall for helping organize his campaign. “If you had told me that we could raise this kind of money, I would have said you were crazy.”

 

What makes Miller’s fundraising even more impressive for a council race is its large diversity of primarily in-county donors, as well as its lack of four-figure donations — Miller has only three: Rising Sun farmer Jesse McMillan who has donated $1,750, North East lawyer Peter Kirsh who’s donated $1,350, and $2,000 from the Republican Club of Cecil County, which endorsed Miller earlier this year. The vast majority of Miller’s donations range from $100 to $300.”

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Fair Hill Derby Race

Thank you for everyone that stopped by on May 26th at the Fair Hill Derby Race! It was a great day at the races, and we had a lot of fun at our tent!

Car Show & Luncheon

On Saturday, May 19th, Al Miller joined Norm and Carol Hunter for a wonderful luncheon and car show! It was amazing and a lot of fun to check out his amazing collection! Thank you all who came out!


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Golf Tournament

On April 27th, 2018, Al Miller hosted his very first annual Golf Tournament. There was 80 golfers, a huge turn out and a great success! The rain has stopped just before the tournament began making it out to be a great afternoon and was cool and dry. We are so thankful for all that showed up and participated! 

 

Do you know where your polling place is?

Do you know where your polling place is? Check out the polling place look-up site to find out. The site is updated from the Maryland Voter Registration database on a daily basis.

You can use this tool to:

  • Find out where to vote.
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  • Find out your local board of elections.

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Cecilton Fire Company Banquet

Saturday, April 7th, Al Miller attended the Cecilton Fire Company Annual awards Banquet, where they recognized all the members for their dedication and service during 2017. He was even greeted by Miss Little Fire Queen at the door!

Featured in the Cecil Whig…

Fair board president Miller files for council seat

  • By Jessica Iannetta jiannetta@cecilwhig.com

ELKTON — Al Miller, the longtime president of the Cecil County Fair Board, has filed as a Republican for the District 3 county council seat, setting up a primary battle with incumbent Dan Schneckenburger.

Miller, who has served as president of the fair board for the past decade, is a lifelong county resident and dairy farmer who has worked as a salesman for AG-Industrial since 1978. Though this run for council represents his first foray into politics, Miller said his many decades of volunteering in the county and experience working with many different groups of people, including the county’s young people, makes him an ideal candidate.

“It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time,” said Miller, 63. “I’ve been a volunteer in this community for a long time and I just think we’re getting there. I think the county’s in a better spot than it’s been in a long, long time and I just want to keep it going.”

Miller said he was originally approached about running for the council seat by several Rising Sun-area business leaders, including members of Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government (CBL). CBL, a local political action committee with a history of endorsing winning campaigns, backed Schneckburger when he ran for county council in 2014 but has now endorsed Miller for the District 3 seat.

In general, Miller said he likes the direction the county is headed and has been happy to see the success of the county’s agriculture industry in recent years. He’d like to continue seeing development and more businesses coming into the county, noting more jobs are good for everyone.

For Miller, that includes jobs created by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), a controversial topic in the county for the past year and a half. Much of the controversy started in the summer of 2016 when it was revealed that the Horst farm in Zion would be operating a CAFO — essentially a large-scale chicken house with thousands of chickens — and nearby residents voiced concerns about the public health and environmental impact.

Miller, who has a bachelor’s degree in general agriculture from the University of Delaware, is supportive of CAFO farmers, calling it a “good program.”

“The county’s doing a good job, we’re on top of it and the state is too. The agriculture business is a huge industry in the county and in the state of Maryland also. People don’t understand — and this is one thing that frustrates me — the number of jobs in the agriculture business. There’s a lot of jobs,” he said. “I’d like to continue to grow the agricultural business in Cecil County.”

Another controversial topic has been tax increases proposed by the McCarthy administration this fiscal year that passed due to inaction by the council. Miller said he won’t commit to not raising taxes. While he’s not a fan of tax increases, he said it’s important to look at the whole situation, noting that “sometimes you have to spend money to make money.”

Miller is committed though to finding solutions to the opioid epidemic, having lost a son-in-law to an overdose. He praised the job Sheriff Scott Adams has done in addressing the problem and said he believes that progress can be made if the whole county bands together.

“It’s amazing what people can do when they work together,” he said.

With his long involvement in the county, Miller believes he will be able to, as the old 4-H saying goes, “always make the best better.” And despite having never run for office before, Miller said he’s not worried about facing off against Schneckenburger, who will be seeking his second term on the council.

“There’s nothing wrong with choices. There’s nothing wrong with having good people run for office and let people decide,” he said. “I’m not here to be a politician, I’m not here to be the next governor. I’m here to try and help out.”

 

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