Supervisors staying put (for now)
Supervisors Gerry Hyland (D-Mt. Vernon) and Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) have taken to the press to combat rumors that they’re retiring or resigning. I’ve heard and alluded to both rumors before, while understanding that they were not confirmed. Interestingly, I only heard that Hudgins was not seeking re-election in two years, not that she was stepping down to take a job in the Administration. Though Hudgins is now on the record as running again, this could still change in 24 months. Especially with her votes on I-66 hanging around her neck.
Gerry Hyland has been the subject of retirement rumors for a long time now, and one of his aides even sent out an email stating that he was assuming Hyland would retire and threw his hat into the ring. Such a move just may provoke Hyland into staying for another term, though in his statement Hyland merely said he’d make that decision later, not that he was definitely running again.
So despite their protests, it remains possible that both Hyland and Hudgins won’t be on the ballot in 2011. The story doesn’t mention the retirement rumors about Mike Frey (R-Sully), either, though that prospect is far less likely than Hyland or Hudgins. But if true, and if Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) decides to run for Chairman again, there could be four open seats on the Board next time around.