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Voters Guide

Margaret Turner |

Margaret Turner is running for East Hampton town council member

Margaret Turner

Turner said she has grown impatient with a town board she described as indecisive and overly concerned with the needs of wealthy residents. "I became frustrated at the lack of decision-making" on issues including the regulation of commercial vehicles parked at residential properties, she said. Turner said she would work more aggressively to address a lack of affordable housing, deer overpopulation and the spread of tick-borne illnesses, an issue she said is at a "crisis point." She said the town's planning policies have focused intensely on preserving open space but have not adequately addressed the needs of senior citizens and other topics.

Turner, 61, of East Hampton, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines. She is making her first run for political office. Turner led the East Hampton Business Alliance advocacy group as executive director for 10 years before stepping down in July. Before that, she managed the Mark Fore & Strike clothing store in East Hampton for seven years. She previously worked in the garment industry in Manhattan.