Hudson District 3 councillor steps down
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The Town of Hudson will be holding a by-election at a future date to replace District 3 Councillor Chloe Hutchison who announced her resignation February 3.
Effective February 4, one day after the monthly Hudson town council meeting, District 3 Councillor Chloe Hutchison has officially resigned.
“I’m still open to working with my fellow councillors without sitting at the decision-making table,” Hutchison told The Journal.
She cited breakdowns in communication that shifted the focus of council away from community issues and became more personal and confrontational in nature.
“What’s missing for us at the council level is that we’re spending too much time worrying about monthly appearances,” she said. “We’re become fractioned over the last two years.”
Upon reflection, Hutchison said she has come to the realization that more can be achieved from citizen action groups focusing on a common community goal and assuring its viability rather than from her role on council.
An architect by profession, Hutchison has also served as a volunteer member of the Hudson Town Planning and Advisory Committee (TPAC). She won her seat in the 2017 municipal election running against incumbent Nicole Durand.
“I think a lot of good things were done in the last couple of years and I certainly was very involved in setting the course for the next 22 months.”
Hutchison also commended the work done by Director General Philip Toone and fellow Councillor Helen Kurgansky for her work ethic and commitment to her constituents.
“I’ve done as much as I can do for this town with this council,” Hutchison said, adding the timing allowing for a proper by-election is important in putting the democratic process back in place. She said she feels someone coming in with a fresh perspective – and a fresh mandate from the public – will be a positive step for council in general. “It’s now about how we can become more effective and more efficient with the tax dollar.”
“It’s a loss for council, for sure,” Mayor Jamie Nicholls told The Journal following the announcement. “Chloe was an extremely dedicated and hard-working council member. On behalf of all of her colleagues, we’re sorry to see her go.”
When asked about the communication issues within council, Nicholls responded, “It’s obviously a very political environment. As an organization, communication is one of the things that we need to improve and we’re working on it.” Defining the ‘organization’ as the Town of Hudson elected officials and employees collectively,
Nicholls added the issue has come up in various forms from both employees and citizens that overall communications is an area requiring improvement.
With the next municipal election scheduled for 2021, the town is required by law to hold a by-election to fill the vacant seat for the district that has involved key areas of debate and public interest in Hudson including Sandy Beach development and Main Road revitalization.