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2022 Primary Election Recommended Candidates


Bill Coutz, County Council

District 2

Bill Coutz brings his 25 years of experience as a business owner and manager to the Cecil County Council.  Citing respect and integrity as cornerstones of his public service, Mr. Coutz is a member of the Commission on Aging, the Board of Health, and the Economic Development Commission.  Regularly visiting schools Mr. Coutz is a strong advocate for our youth supporting programs including Drug Free Cecil, Youth Empowerment Source, Special Olympics, and CASA.  He serves or has served  on boards for the Boys & Girls Club, Little League, and Boy Scouts.  He believes the current County Executive’s minimal funding for education is inadequate and would restore funding by increasing economic development to build the tax base with revenues generated by businesses.

Al Miller, County Council

District 3

Al Miller, an agriculture professional and lifelong resident of Cecil County, has dedicated his life to doing volunteer work for our county.  As a current county council member he uses his experience as a leader and team player to improve the quality of life for all Cecil County citizens and future generations. He is passionate about having state of the art and competitive trade programs for our youth.  He was instrumental in the start up of the SOT Diesel Technician Program helping to secure critical equipment and supplies for the program and implementing the CCPS food waste/biofuel project which he continues to coordinate today. He believes a thriving local economy demands an environment that supports lifelong learning.

Donald Gividen, County Council

District 4

Donald Gividen has a strong history of public service with a degree in Public Safety Administration and 24 years of law enforcement and management experience.  He is the proud father of 2 CCPS students and states public safety and education are his top two priorities.  He believes every child regardless of their background or zip code deserves access to opportunities, resources, and supports and that our students have a fundamental right to be educated in safe, healthy, and supportive communities.

William Malesh, Board of Education

District 4

William Malesh has served on the CCPS BOE for 8 years, 3 years as president.  He brings a wealth of hands-on experience and practical knowledge with a 34 year teaching career in elementary and middle schools.  Mr. Malesh recently served on the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) Board of Directors for 3 years working with budget and legislative issues at the state level.  William’s experience on these boards and serving on CCPS committees such as Citizens Advisory, Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook Revision, and Textbook Review gives him a vast breadth of knowledge and understanding of our schools, students, and staff.  He believes every child who walks through our doors must be treated with kindness, dignity, and care. William knows firsthand we need to “treat our teachers like the true professionals they are” and in order to attract and retain the best teachers we need to pay them a competitive salary.

Diana Hawley, Board of Education

District 5 (no primary)

Diana Hawley has been an active CCPS volunteer, student mentor, PTO leader, and a member on various CCPS committees since her own children entered Kindergarten in 2009.  Her experience in our schools and her degree in psychology and child development and background in early childhood education and early intervention has made her a strong and knowledgeable leader and tireless advocate for our children.  Elected to the Board of Education (BOE) in 2018, Diana served for two years as the BOE Vice President and is now the BOE president.  She serves on various local and state committees including the MABE Board of Directors, Literacy Now Steering Committee, Citizens Advisory Committee, Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook Revision Committee, and Kindergarten Readiness Committee.  Diana brings a passion for student and staff safety and success.  She analyzes issues and asks difficult questions. She understands the importance of being open and accessible, listening to stakeholders, and acting in the best interests of all Cecil County students.

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