Town of Easton election day is May 2nd. I live about 500-feet outside the Town limit; therefore, I cannot vote in the election. Still, I’m very involved the well-being of the Town. So, here are some observations from 500-feet outside the Town.
Things are going well in Easton. Mayor Willey and the Town Council, led by President Megan Cook, work well together and have been making life better for all of us. From the expansion of rails to trails, the acquisition of 200 acres along Oxford Road, stream restorations, affordable housing (which we desperately need more of), to the retention and attraction of new business and the preservation of our beautiful downtown; this group of people work well together.
Even though our town is comparatively small to others, it is still complex in its management, budgetary and legislative matters. Size does not matter when it comes to manging a town. There are still difficult decisions to be made every day and plenty of opinions. Therefore, it is important to have leadership at the Mayoral and Council level that understand the complexities of municipal management.
We are fortunate to have three people running for Mayor. To me, this is the sign of healthy, vibrant community and leaders who care about our town.
Mayor Willey is running for re-election. Mayor Willey is a life-long resident and knows the Town and the people well. He has occupied the Mayors office for many years and has guided us to where we are today. His approach to management is hands-on and always looking at our future, while providing an important and insightful view into our past. In my experience, he is careful and deliberate. It is difficult to find a person more passionate about the town.
Megan Cook is an excellent Town Council President. Her ability to guide the Council, its legislative agenda and work with Mayor Willey is outstanding. Megan is the longest serving current councilmember. She has a broad view of our community and is closely involved in the social fabric and well-being of the town.
Councilmember Al Silverstein is always insightful and probing. He asks good questions and approaches Town matters with a level of due diligence and inquiry that is necessary for the Council’s oversight of budgetary and legislative matters. He is knowledgeable and well versed in Town matters.
We need all these people, and more like them. From 500 feet outside the Town limits, Easton looks pretty good to me. Things are going well in Easton because the configuration of elected officials is working to make life better for all of us.
Tony Kern Easton, Maryland