Morrissey and Mook win re-election in BenningtonBy Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | November 07,2012BENNINGTON — In an unusual result, the two incumbents in Bennington’s 2-2 district won re-election by a tie score.
Anne Mook, a Democrat, and Mary Morrissey, a Republican, each earned 1,896 votes, giving them a strong win over challenger Dale Gerity. Seeking office for the first time, Gerity, who ran as a Democrat, won 896 votes.
Morrissey, 54, will be going to Montpelier for her ninth term.
“I’m very appreciative of the voters of Bennington. It’s always a privilege to serve once again in the Legislature on their behalf,” she said.
Mook, 64, won her fifth term on Tuesday. She said she would take the tie vote between herself and Morrissey as a sign that voters are happy with the team representing them.
“I’m very honored by the outcome and support today. I think (the number of) people who came out today is just unbelievable. To have a 70 percent (voter turnout) was great. It was exciting to see all day,” she said.
Reached at about 8:45 p.m., Gerity said she didn’t yet know the vote results but after hearing them said she was pleased to have given the incumbents a “run for their money.”
Gerity said she thought it was important to give voters choices and the opportunity for change.
“I rocked the boat in this campaign to show Miss Morrissey and Mook they weren’t the only two people out on the ocean that can help people,” she said.
Gerity also said she didn’t believe it would be her last campaign.
“Oh, hell, yeah, I’m gonna run again,” she said.
There are two seats in Bennington 2-2.
Morrissey is a marketing consultant who has also worked on health-care initiatives professionally while Mook is recently retired after serving as the assistant to the director of the Bennington Free Library.
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