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Monday, July 17, 2017

P&Z Commissioner Alan Hodge Decides to Serve Out Term

UPDATE Westport Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commissioner Alan Hodge has retracted his intent to resign and the Democrat will serve out his term until November, Chair Cathy Walsh announced today.

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Alan Hodge: changed his mind about resigning. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

It was announced at Thursday’s meeting that Hodge had submitted his resignation, but Walsh, a Republican, said at the time she had not yet accepted it. (See WestportNow July 13, 2017)

Republican member Chip Stephens told the meeting Hodge was “a victim of political nastiness.” Hodge was not endorsed for a new term by the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) in a list released Sunday. (See WestportNow July 16, 2017)

DTC Nominating Committee Chair Andy Nevas said Hodge did not respond to an email sent to incumbents asking if they wished to seek re-election nor to a general email seeking nominees. “Mr. Hodge never responded to any of these emails,” he said.

Nevas added: “I want to make it clear that this is not intended in any way to be a criticism of Mr. Hodge. He has served admirably as a P & Z commissioner for the past four years, we are grateful for his service to the town, and it is certainly his right if he so chooses not to seek re-election.”

Hodge supported Stephens for commission chair soon after the 2013 election and has often voted with Republican members. His support of Stephens gave Republicans control of the commission and brought an angry rebuke from the DTC chair.

In today’s statement, Walsh said Hodge never submitted a resignation in writing to Town Clerk Patty Strauss.

“Alan and I finally had a chance to speak over the weekend, and he advised me today that he will be staying on,” she said.

“Alan has been a phenomenal commissioner and has spent countless hours on behalf of all the citizens of Westport doing the right thing for the town.”

Walsh added: “Commissioner Hodge came under intense and vicious criticism by his party for crossing party lines in nominating Republicans to chair the commission.”

This story has been updated with comments from DTC Nominating Committee Chair Andy Nevas.

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