Business: 8 years legal secretary, 4 years Legislative Aide for a Delegate, 15 years manager of Assisted Living Home.
Political: www.dianabroomell.com Cecil County Commissioner/Council 2010 - 2014; Cecil County Republican Central Committee in 2002 and 2006, served as Vice Chair; Coordinator for the Ehrlich Gubernatorial Campaign in 2002, Founding member of the 21st Century Republican Club, served as President; Founding member of the Cecil Land Use Alliance and served as Vice President; Chairman of the Elected School Board Ballot Initiative; Woman Republican of the Year in 2002 for the State of Maryland.
Family: Husband of 31 years, Mark; daughter Christina, son-in-law Rafael; and son, Mark Jr.
2. I provide strong effective leadership that has consistently promoted transparency, fiscal responsibility and accountability. I have made positive changes by actively participating in the conversation, networking, researching and promoting real solutions. One example of this has been in addressing Cecil County’s number one issue: Substance Abuse. First, I organized Drug Awareness Programs revealing that Cecil County has one of the highest overdose, suicide, crime and child maltreatment rates in the State of Maryland; Attained the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Designation along with the Maryland State Safe Street Grant for Cecil County; Revealed the mismanagement of the Local Drug and Alcohol Council exposing why treatment initiatives were not properly vetted; Promoted the Heroin Hurts drug education prevention program in Cecil County Middle and High Schools at no cost to taxpayers; Identified that State oversight (DHMH) does not promote the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) best practices and that the State needs to implement real performance measures which would address the public’s complaint that the methadone maintenance program is not based on (ASAM) best practices and seems to be based on profit.
Regarding Fiscal Responsibility, I am a strong advocate for the tax payers. We were the first board of commissioners to adopt a tax rate below the constant yield in Cecil County history and continue to support a tax rate at constant yield or below which ultimately increased Cecil County’s bond rating from AA to AA+. I have been the most vocal opponent to the new irresponsible spending including the $70 million bond authorization in new long term debt. I have been proactive in seeking relief on the Hatem Bridge Tolls and exposed the 50% backdoor increase by Maryland Toll Authority (MdTA). I was able to implement the Citizen’s Budget Advisory Committee and it’s provided additional scrutiny in the budget review process for the last four years. I have also been a strong advocate for an inhouse auditor to provide data to make more informed decisions and to carry out our role more efficiently.
On Transparency, I led the effort to get all county meetings audio recorded; Expanded our ethics and disclosure requirements for department heads and attorneys; Promoted a policy that all Limited Liability Corporations would have to reveal their members if tax payer funds were being used to ensure no backroom deals; and Continue to keep the public informed on special interests working in the County at www.dianabroomell.com .
3. The top priority to address is substance abuse. This issue affects so many other parts of our community including crime, education, economic development and ultimately the vitality of our county. To address, we need real performance measures to determine which programs are effective in treatment, enforcement and prevention education. Remedies need to be pursued on all three levels of government: County, State and Federal. The Pharmaceutical industry is the largest lobbiest by far and their influence is staggering.
*A recent campaign mailer claimed I support Common Core. Not True. I am on record opposing it. I was opposed to it when it was called Goals 2000 and a national curriculum is supposed to be illegal.
Letters to the Editor in support that were published in the Whig:
BROOMELL CARES ABOUT THE COUNTY
I attend most of the Cecil County work sessions and have volunteered as a member of the Ethics Board and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council.
I was removed from the Ethics Board because of comments critical of a council member and a member of one of the county departments. I have said on social media that I was proud I was removed because my removal highlights major problems with citizens' rights to question their elected leaders.
I have found Mrs. Diana Broomell to be an honest ethical leader, who works for the citizens of the county and not for special interest groups. I respect her tenacious behavior as she deals with an audience who intimidates and threatens her in support of special interest groups, who I believe do not represent the citizens of this county.
I attended the MACo event at Cecil College last week and Mrs. Broomell was attempting to calm down a lady, who worked as a counselor at the Cecil County Detention Center, who had pertinent information of the treatment issues at the facility. Both of these individuals care deeply about the citizens of this county and are working for the betterment of addiction counseling.
Submitted by Walter Rozanski on June 20, 2014
CECIL NEEDS MORE LIKE BROOMELL
When you read what is printed in our local media about Councilwoman Diana Broomell you might think she is some sort of a nutcase. However if you go to any of the County Council meetings you will see something different. It is clear that the Council President likes to silence the Councilwoman even to the point of writing a procedure to remove her from the meeting and has his supporters (some from the print media) heckle her from the audience. What I have observed is Councilwoman Broomell understands she was elected to serve the citizens on the important issues such as crime and substance abuse treatment. It is crazy to think dispensing methadone to wine someone off of their drug dependency as a success. Cecil County is among the highest Counties in the state of Maryland, so it is clear the programs the head of the County Health Department has put in place isn’t working. Mrs. Broomell understands that drug addiction is a sickness as is alcohol addiction. A recovering alcoholic must never take another drop of alcohol. Drug addiction is no different and why the Councilwoman opposes more methadone clinics and the use of methadone to cure drug dependency. Our County Executive and County Health Officer feel that showing a movie and using taxpayer money for more methadone clinics will solve the problem. Councilwoman Broomell isn’t in the pocket of those benefiting from more clinics and increase use of methadone. The citizens of Cecil County need more representatives on the Council like Diana who wants to represent the voters and doesn’t march in lock step with the County Executive and Council President.
Submitted by John McDaniel on June 16, 2014
ELECT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COUNTY
County Council members Joyce Bowlsbey, Alan McCarthy and Robert Hodge recently approved the largest ever budget for FY2015.
They approved borrowing an additional $70 million, which will take taxpayers' 20 years to repay. They approved funding the Board of Education $6.5 million above “maintenance of effort” in the FY2014 and FY2015 budgets, costing taxpayers over $65 million additional over the next 10 years. These big spenders voted to spend $40 million for the Seneca Point upgrade when $10 million would have satisfied the Maryland mandate.
What do Bowlsbey, McCarthy and Hodge have in common? Cecil Business Leader for Better Government, a political action committee (PAC), endorsed them, and is currently, endorsing Bowlsbey. Seeing the financial damage Bowlsbey has done in only 17 months, taxpayers cannot afford four more years of her reckless spending. Fortunately, there is a fiscally conservative alternative — Chris Zeauskas.
Look at political advertisements — those signed, “Authority: Cecil Business Leaders for Better Government,” are endorsed and paid for by that authority. This same PAC currently endorsed Bowlsbey, Dan Schneckenburger and George Patchell. Obviously, a candidate being endorsed and financed by a PAC is obligated to it. Therefore, I cannot support these candidates.
We must elect a conservative majority to our County Council. Re-elect Diana Broomell and Michael Dunn – both voted against big spending. Elect Chris Zeauskas. This will be a majority of three fiscal conservatives in control of our council.
If you are concerned about your future tax bills, vote. Elections are won and lost in the primary.
Submitted by Richard Boyle on June 20, 2014
Drug awareness forum showed need
for more education, involvement
Thanks to Cecil County Commissioner Diana Broomell and retired Sgt. Gerald Widdoes of the Cecil County Drug Task Force for the informative Drug Awareness Forum presented on Nov. 8 at Rising Sun High School.
The statistics on the drug problem and the associated crime in Cecil County were shocking. The length of time this has been allowed to escalate is unthinkable. In 2006, Cecil County had the second highest drug abuse death rate in Maryland. Crackdowns on prescription painkiller abuse have resulted in increased heroin trafficking. Heroin is now the cheapest and most available drug. It is also the most addictive and the desperate addict will do anything to get it.
The increase in robberies in Cecil County is directly related to the escalating heroin problem. Our law enforcement officers deserve credit for the growing number of arrests. Other counties, including Harford, have been proactive in obtaining a “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA)” designation, which provides federal funding and assistance. It was shared with us that Cecil County is next in line for receiving this designation, which was good news.
Sadly, the turnout of citizens and town law enforcement members was low. Heroin addiction does not discriminate. It affects people of all backgrounds. The residents of our beloved rural communities should be outraged and demand stiffer mandatory penalties for dealers, better drug awareness education in our schools, and more rehabilitative support facilities for users.
You too can participate by contacting Diana Broomell at 410-996-8309.
Submitted by Kathy Butanis on November 26, 2012