James L. “Hutch” Hutchison Sr. announced this week that he will run for a seat on City Council in this year’s municipal elections, to be held April 19. Hutchison will seek the 1st District seat being vacated by current council President Ken Hogan, who said several months ago that he won’t try for reelection.
Former Dover mayor James L. “Hutch” Hutchison Sr. announced this week that he will run for a seat on City Council in this year’s municipal elections, to be held April 19.
Hutchison, will seek the 1st District seat being vacated by current council President Ken Hogan, who said several months ago that he won’t try for reelection.
Also a former at-large councilman and Dover police chief, Hutchison served as mayor from 1994 until 2004.
Hutchison, 68, said in a press release he thinks the council needs more conservative voices.
“In 2001 the face of Dover City Council changed drastically because voters elected new council members with a conservative eye towards budgeting and spending,” he said. “The face of council has changed since then and now it is time to once again, take a more conservative approach.”
Hutchison, a Republican, ran for the 17th District Delaware Senate seat in 2008 but lost to Democrat Brian Bushweller.
Steve Speed, the former Dover mayor who campaigned unsuccessfully as a Republican for a Kent County Levy Court seat in the 2010 elections, praised Hutchison’s candidacy.
“This is exciting news for the residents of the city of Dover,” he said in a press release. “Hutch will be another fiscal watchdog for the citizens and bring his perspective, experience and leadership back to City Hall.”
Hutchison is the third candidate to file for the non-partisan city elections, joining 3rd District candidate Pastor Howard Earle and 2nd District candidate William F. Hare.
One of the two council seats in each of the four city districts, plus the at-large seat, are up for election.
In addition to Hogan, 3rd District Councilman Jim McGiffin also has said he will not seek reelection.
Sitting council members who have yet to file for reelection include Gene Ruane, 2nd District; Reuben Salters, 4th District; and Tom Leary, at-large.
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