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The residents of Town of Glen Echo spoke at their election Monday night and the message was: We like things the way they are.

Mayor Deborah Beers was re-elected after running unopposed, making her stint as mayor of Glen Echo more than 20 years. She was first elected in 1992. In a three-way race for two council seats, incumbent Steve Matney was re-elected. Newcomer Matt Stiglitz won the second open seat. The two other council seats will be up for grabs in 2015.

All terms are for four years.

Out of about 200 eligible voters, 95 voted, said Susan Grigsby, the town’s election judge.

Matney, who has served on the town council for eight years, and Beers both said they hoped to bring natural gas to the town. Stiglitz said he was not running on any particular issue, but would bring a “fresh perspective to the council.”

In a community of 250 people, every event is a chance to socialize. Inside the old town hall on Monday night, people chatted with one another about family and friends.

“We know most everyone here,” said Nicole Fraser, the town clerk-treasurer.

For one resident, the night had special significance. Allegra Wilson cast her first vote as an adult — she turned 18 in January.

“I just missed the presidential election,” said the Potomac School senior. Her father, Speke Wilson, photographed her casting her ballot to the cheers of those around. “It was overwhelming.”