CARY – About 20 votes separated Cary Mayor Mark Kownick and challenger Trustee Jim Cosler in Tuesday’s election.
Kownick received 1,555 votes, while Cosler received 1,534, according to unofficial results.
“It feels good, and it’s a great opportunity,” Kownick said late Tuesday. “We will continue to move Cary forward positively.”
In 2009, Kownick was appointed as a trustee to fill a vacancy. He was first elected mayor in 2013. Throughout his campaign, Kownick has said he’d like to continue to make Cary a destination.
Kownick has said he’d look at annexation options to increase the village’s tax base, and see through several ongoing projects, including the completion of the Metra train station, downtown streetscape improvements and Sage Products’ expansion.
In 2015, Cosler was elected as a write-in trustee candidate. Before being elected to the board, he was the leader of a group opposing Pedcor’s Garden Place Apartments project, an apartment complex at First and Pearl streets that drew hundreds to Village Board meetings.
Cosler emphasized throughout his campaign the importance of being a transparent leader and working to take residents’ input into consideration.
Cosler could not immediately be reached for comment after all precincts had reported Tuesday night; however, earlier in the night he said he was remaining optimistic in the close race.