It doesn’t take long for Margo Bailey to come out swinging on the subject of Chestertown’s future. As mayor for eighteen years, nothing has been more on her mind as she actively took a leadership role with some of the town’s most significant projects and controversies. From the early days of fighting Wal-mart to the more current issues like the town armory and marina, Margo has never blinked, rightly or wrongly, on the big stuff.
The mayor continues this tradition when asked about her thoughts on the town’s future. While her determination is strong, one can also hear a sobering tone as she takes stock of a flat local economy and a very slow crawl back from the Great Recession in 2008. As she candidly admits, the task of restoration goes well beyond the capacity and resources of one town council and one mayor.