In a historic election for the Town of Easton, Megan Cook has been elected as the town’s first woman mayor. Cook’s victory was a decisive one, as she earned 1,068 votes in person, beating out incumbent Mayor Robert Willey and current Ward 1 Councilman Al Silverstein.
As the current Easton Town Council President, Cook brings years of experience and leadership to the position of mayor. Her victory is a testament to the town’s desire for change and progress.
Cook’s election is a significant milestone for women in politics, especially in a town where women have historically been underrepresented in elected positions. With her victory, Cook has shattered the glass ceiling and paved the way for future generations of women to follow in her footsteps.
But Cook’s victory is not just about gender representation. It is also a testament to her vision for the town and her ability to rally support behind her campaign. Throughout her campaign, Cook emphasized the need for greater community involvement, economic growth, and infrastructure development.
By engaging with voters and making her vision clear, Cook was able to inspire voters to turn out in record numbers on election day. A steady stream of voters kept the polls busy throughout the day, with more than 2,200 town residents stopping by the Easton Volunteer Fire Department to cast their ballots.
Despite Cook’s decisive victory, the election was not without its share of drama. As of Wednesday afternoon, 226 absentee ballots remained to be counted, making the Ward 1 and Ward 3 seats too close to call.
In Ward 1, Frank Gunsallus holds a narrow 11-vote lead over Maureen Curry, while in Ward 3, David Montgomery has a larger lead over incumbent Ward 3 Councilman Ron Engle.
Letters to Editor
Sue Regier says
Congratulations, Megan! Good news for Easton and for women!
William Keppen says
Please, please, do everything you possibly can to monitor and control growth in our community. From what I have seen, read, and learned from talking to mayoral candidates, that is one of the major concerns of present-day residents.
Alan Boisvert says
The problem with Easton is there has been way too much control on growth. Where are new housing developments? Where is Home Depot? Where is Traders Joes? It should NOT be this hard, the voters have spoken!!
B Thompson says
OMG. You’re so right! Why aren’t we more like Glen Burnie? What’s all the fuss about farmland and open space and waterways? Let’s stand up for impervious landscapes!
Matthew Guthrie says
If the Republican leadership had run only one candidate she may have lost. Clearly republicans had a larger turnout.
Joe Minarick says
What is the basis for assuming people voted along national party lines? I hope that people voted for who they believed would do the best job addressing Easton’s problems. This labelling of candidates by national party is of little value on a town (and county) scale.
Deirdre LaMotte says
No it is not. The last 40 years has shown the importance for people to be mindful of who they vote for at the local level.
Neglecting to do so explains women and gays
being denied constitutional rights. And others being denied access to voting. No longer. I would not vote for a Republican for dog catcher, sorry.
Eva M. Smorzaniuk MD says
Congratulations to Megan Cook! Sounds like the voters of Easton want a younger and more progressive mind in charge. Her record as town councilwoman tells us she will work hard for the citizens of Easton.
Lucy Miziolek says
Thank you to each of the candidates who ran for mayor of Easton, especially Mayor Willey for his leadership and dedication for many years. Congratulations to Megan Cook! It is simply wonderful to have such a talented, enthusiastic, and hard working woman lead our town into the future. It is also very exciting to know that so many people came out to vote yesterday, it really matters!!!
Herman and Nancy Espenhorst says
Congratulations, Megan! You’ll do a great job. Herman and Nancy Espenhorst
Carolyn L. Jaffe says
My heart is singing! Good news for Megan … and Easton!
Dick Deerin says
Great news. Congrats Megan. Best choice for Raston moving forward.
George Nilson says
Congrstulations to Megsn Cooke Easton’s new Mayor whose win caps an awesome grassroots political carreer. We have been blessed with strong effective Mayors and that tradition will continue.
Darrell parsons says
Congratulations!! Looking forward to your leadership.
Francine De Sanctis says
Congratulations on a stunning victory. New ideas are always welcomed and with Megan’s experience I look forward to a bright future.
Penny Austin says
Congratulations Megan! Best wishes and prayers for your continued success!
Bruce pier says
CONGRATULATIONS I’m so glad you came along at this monumental time …..First timer for me voting on Mayor of my city that I love. I BELIEVE…IN YOU….go FRANK!
Jan Bohn says
I thought town elections were non-partisan. None of the meet the candidate sessions I attended mentioned party affiliations. Am I daft??
Barbara Lee Jefferson says
Congratulations Megan!!!! Easton will benefit greatly with Megan’s guidance. She is authentic; bright; caring; positive; strong. Megan will not be swayed by political groups. I trust her emphatically.