Hancock elected a new mayor for the first time in 20 years, elevating Hancock City Councilman Dr. Ralph Salvagno to the big seat.
The final vote tally
*Ralph Salvagno – 269
Nigel Dardar – 54
The town also elected Leo Murray and Tim Boyer to the Hancock Town Council. Hancock’s town elections are nonpartisan.
Salvagno’s bio, listed on the Town’s website, is listed below:
“Ralph Salvagno M.D. became Mayor in January 2017 and was re-elected to a second 2-year term in January 2019.
He served as a Councilman from 2013-2017.
Mayor Salvagno believes that the development of a strong downtown coupled with a vibrant tourism presence is the key to creating a stable local economy. He has worked to develop strong relationships with local, state and national elected officials as well as the Dept. of Natural Resources ( Western Maryland Rail Trail) and the National Park Service ( C&O Canal National Park).
He is an advocate for youth programs and has worked with the Interfaith Service Coalition as well as local sports leagues to ensure that our youth have access to quality facilities.
The Mayor has been instrumental in providing the necessary support for Harvest Health and Recreation to become a world class cannabis producer and processor in our Town. This has created a strong stimulus to the local economy and employment for the tri-state area.
An orthopedic surgeon by training, Dr. Salvagno currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md.
Mayor Salvagno is married to Tracy Lynn (Hixon) Salvagno. Tracy’s family has been in the Hancock area for over 150 years and her family still maintains a farm just west of Hancock. Mayor Salvagno and his wife have a blended family of 8 adult children and 6 grandchildren. He is an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church where he sings in the choir.”
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