GENESEO – SUNY Geneseo students Mary Rutigliano and Matthew Cook crushed the political field on Tuesday with a record-shattering number of student absentee ballots, becoming the two youngest Geneseo Trustee-elects in well over 20 years.
A total of 594 absentee ballots tipped the scale against candidates Leslie Carson (R), Phil Jones (D), and incumbent Bob Wilcox (D).
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“We would just like to thank all of the students who helped us out and the townspeople who supported us,” said Rutigliano. “This campaign was a great opportunity to talk to people in the village and learn to navigate the political landscape.”
Total votes from polling places in the village were 346 Carson, 299 Wilcox, 276 Jones, 173 Rutigliano, 55 Cook.
Including absentee ballots, the results were 672 Rutigliano, 538 Cook, 384 Carson, 338 Wilcox, 320 Jones.
SUNY Geneseo students undertook a massive participation to get students registered to vote in this election. Members of College Greek life went from student to student in the campus library asking if they had registered to vote in the election, and providing them with materials to do so.
“The students ran a brilliant and effective campaign,” said Jones. “I congratulate both of them. May they govern as well as they have campaigned.”
Rutigliano, 19, is a Geneseo native and firstyear Spanish major at SUNY Geneseo. Cook, 20, is a junior political science and history double major. Both have maintained throughout their campaign that they will stay in Geneseo to serve the entirety of their four-year terms.
Rutigliano and Cook will formally take office alongside Mayor Richard Hatheway, Deputy Mayor Sandra Brennan and Trustee Margaret Duff.