Breaking News: Janusz Files Against Del. Rudolph, Broomell Resurfaces

July 6, 2010

   Democrat Joe Janusz filed Tuesday to challenge veteran incumbent Del. David Rudolph in the Democratic primary for the Dist. 34B seat, embarking on what some political observers from both parties characterize as a political suicide mission.

   Janusz had initially filed for the Third District County Commissioner seat currently held by fellow Democrat Brian Lockhart, who initially planned not to seek re-election. But, as the Cecil Times previously reported, Janusz decided this spring to pull out of the race for family reasons. (He and his wife, Sara, are going through a divorce and the couple has several young children.) Lockhart filed for re-election last week.

   Democratic political circles had been buzzing for a week or more that Richard (Tucker) Mackie, a former delegate himself, was pushing Janusz to run against Rudolph. But few, if any, thought Janusz would actually do it.

   Janusz was seen as a young rising star in the county Democratic party after his impressive, but losing, campaign against Lockhart in the Democratic primary for county commissioner in 2006. Lockhart later appointed Janusz to the county Planning Commission.  Janusz had been carefully planning for a commissioner run for a long time. But with his personal concerns, his political future seemed to be on hold, with a potential revival a few years down the road.

   Now, with his filing to run against the popular and well-financed Del. Rudolph, Janusz’ political future in the county would seem to be in doubt. It’s an odd turn of fate and political fortune to jeopardize a future political career by jumping in at the last minute to such an uphill battle. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Ted Patterson, a leader of the county’s “Young Republican” club and recently graduated student at the University of Delaware.

   Another last minute surprise, and another Phoenix-like rise from the political graveyard, came when Diana Broomell filed Tuesday as a Republican for the 4th District County Commissioner seat now held by Democrat Wayne Tome. Broomell, a former longtime aide to Del. Michael Smigiel, R-36, ran a spirited campaign against Tome in 2006 but lost. She became active in the Tea Party movement last summer but then disappeared from that and other local political activity, after taking a job in Harford County.

   The 4th Dist. Commissioner contest is a crowded field. Tome is already facing a tough Democratic primary challenge from Carl Roberts, the former county Superintendent of Schools.  Broomell will face Mike Dawson, a political newcomer and a former Prince George’s county police officer. Dawson has been considered to be aligned with the GOP faction led by State Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-36, and Smigiel. Broomell is much better known in the county than Dawson.

CENSUS: Cecil County Women–Smarter but Poorer?

November 1, 2009

  Cecil County women are better educated than men in the county but they earn significantly less money from their jobs than less-educated men, according to new three-year data issued this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

  The discrepancies in income are not easily explained by the cliched notions that women work part-time, or drop out of the work force, to care for children and family members. The statistics show that women living in Cecil County are working at about equal rates with men but their work is not being rewarded with equal pay. Women with higher education levels make less money than equally or  less-educated men.  But equally educated men and women only make similar salaries if they are employed by the federal government, where there are strong anti-discriminatory rules in place.

   The latest three-year evaluations by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Amercan Community Survey, issued this week, show that 14.6 percent of Cecil County women, age 25 or older, have a bachelor’s degree, in comparison with only 12.5 percent for men of the same age group. 

   The Census Bureau survey found that for Cecil County residents, aged 25 and over, all residents holding a Bachelor’s degree  had an annual income of $55,192– but the disparity between men and women was striking. For a male with a  Bachelor’s degree the annual income  was $70,549  but for a woman with the same educational credential the salary was just $44,762. In fact, a male with just a high school education made more –$45,323– than the college educated woman.

    And even among those Cecil County residents with graduate and/or professional degrees, the gender differences are stunning.  The Census Bureau statistics calculate that  local men with such credentials earn $80,289 a year while women with the same credentials earn just $47,807.

   So what might account for such differences?  The Census stats knock down the usual prejudices/stereotypes.  The study showed that in Cecil County, 59.3 percent of families had both mom and dad working full time, and 6.2 percent of families had mom working full-time while dad was not employed outside the home, and 20.8 percent of familes had dad working while mom stayed home.

     Overall, these new 3-year federal statistics indicate that Cecil County is, unfortunately,  yet again a backwater in the real world.

  The stark numbers do not reflect some Cecil County-centric issue such as the lack of  local jobs, driving times to job sites, etc. But the stats do show that there is a very real difference between male and female job compensation.