Last week after a council meeting I had an interesting interview with Hudson’s interim mayor, Diane Piacente. She had just announced that she had decided to withdraw her candidacy for a council seat in the Nov. 3 election.
For a while, Piacente had considered running for mayor. She then opted to seek re-election as a councillor. But then, last week, decided it was time for her to step back “and take a breather” from public office.
Her period of reflection that led to her decision encompassed the short period of time that saw the election campaign in Hudson get off the ground. She decided to bow out because the campaign was getting too nasty, she explained.
With three investigations being conducted into how business is being run at town hall in Hudson, including the high-profile UPAC probe by Quebec’s permanent anti-corruption squad, you would think that this election campaign would focus on how to set things right. But instead the trenches are being dug.
So, I asked Piacente who she would vote for mayor when she casts her ballot Nov. 3. She hesitated. So I asked a more direct question: Would she vote for mayoral candidate Jacques Bourgeois?
The answer was quick and animated: “Absolutely not. And you can quote me on that,” she said.
It was clear where she thought the campaign nastiness was stemming from.
So, the logical next question was: Would she vote for the other mayoral hopeful, Ed Prevost?
Piacente’s answer: “Maybe. Just maybe.”
The interview was just a few days before the nomination period closed. Piacente explained that she was hoping that someone else would step forward. In fact, during the meeting she made a public plea to anyone who was considering running to step forward before the deadline. No one has, though.
When the taxpayers of Hudson go to the polls in a few weeks, there will be three names on the ballot for mayor: Bourgeois, Prevost and Gary MacDonald.
If you live in Hudson, who will you be voting for in the mayoral race? And why?