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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