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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kevin Hudson withdraws from East Point City Council race

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East Point City Council Ward A At Large candidate Kevin Hudson has announced his withdrawal from the race and his immediate endorsement for Sharonda Hubbard.

Hudson was a political newcomer when he was appointed to the council in May 2007 after Gov. Sonny Perdue suspended Councilman Gregory Fann from his post because of an ethics violation investigation.

In March 2007, Fann was indicted by a Fulton County Grand Jury for allegedly using city crews and equipment to conduct work on his property four years earlier. He later pled down from felony counts against him and entered guilty pleas on three misdemeanor counts. He received three years probation, 180 hours of community service and $3,000 in fines.

Since Fann's suspension was contingent on the felony counts only, he returned to the council in March of this year, replacing Hudson, who later announced his candidacy.

Hudson spoke to CL before officially announcing his withdrawal, saying, "I was apprehensive but excited to have the opportunity to serve two years on council as an appointed member, and thought I would want to continue for another four years.  But since I've had these months away from city business I've remembered there's much more in my life than that."

He continues: "I've never had political aspirations and I just realized what I want to do with my life at this time. I do want to find my place in East Point. I just don't think that [City Council] is it right now."

Hudson wanted to give others the chance to make the Sept. 2 deadline to enter the race — in particular Sharonda Hubbard.

"Sharonda worked hard on the Obama campaign here in East Point and has been my neighbor for years," Hudson says.  "When I decided to step out I started searching for someone I could support, because I cannot support either of the other two declared candidates [Gregory Fann and Craig Jeffares] at this time."

Hudson is general manager of Castleberry Communications and was one of a flood of openly gay candidates to enter local races this year. He was one of two openly gay candidates running for East Point City Council.

His official press release is below:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Over the past several weeks I have been looking at all the options I have for my life, both personal and public, and have decided that now is not the time for me to commit to a four-year term on the East Point City Council (Ward A, At-large). I know there is a place for me to continue my involvement in making East Point a better place for all citizens, and I hope to find the right answer soon.

When I was originally appointed to the Council in May 2007, I thought it would be for a few weeks­—­maybe a month or two—and would be an interesting opportunity to learn about the city in a different way. As that time stretched into nearly two years, I found myself wanting more and more to continue pushing for positive change in the city, especially since some efforts can take years to become reality. Running for a four-year term to continue that work seemed like the right thing to do, but as my time away from Council grew longer, I realized how much I had missed of all the other things that matter while spending time on Council.

I find that I can not support either of the currently announced candidates in this race. I wanted to find someone else to step in to run to give Ward A a better choice, and I have found that person. Sharonda Hubbard is a longtime friend and neighbor of mine and has declared her intent to run for the Ward A seat. She has launched her campaign with the site www.sharondahubbard.com and I encourage everyone to visit her site and to join me at a meet-and-greet which will be announced soon.

Thank you again to all of you for your support during my time on Council and during this campaign. You helped me to see how many people truly care for the future of the great city of East Point.

With Warmest Regards,

Kevin

(Courtesy Kevin Hudson)

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