Letter: I’m Not Running for Re-Election

Dear Huntingtonians,

I want to take this time to thank you for the privilege of serving the Town of Huntington and to inform you that I will not be running for re-election, after completing my three 4-year terms in office.

As you may recall, in January 2018, I sponsored a resolution for term limits.  This resolution passed 4-1 and limits the Supervisor, Councilmembers, Town Clerk, Highway Superintendent, and Receiver of Taxes to three 4-year terms; as I am a firm believer that our forefathers wanted us to serve our community and then return to our life’s work.

 I have been approached by the residents of Huntington to reconsider running, since I legally can, as term limits were enacted after I was in office.

Unfortunately, I will not be running.  Just because legally, I can, it does not make it right.  I believe it would be hypocritical if I were not to stand by my beliefs of the advantages of term limits.  In this day, where we are all tired of hearing of the hypocrisy in politics, I hold myself accountable to do what is right!

My time serving the Town of Huntington has been the highlight of my life. I have had a great fortune to meet and work with so many wonderful people that make Huntington the vibrant, caring community that it is. I have learned so much from the diverse culture that the town hosts, and am grateful for all the community members who have allowed me the honor of sharing those moments with them.  I will also, cherish every town employee who has worked hard and has shown the passion they have for their community.  Many people believe the Town Board members are the leaders of Huntington, but I know the true leaders and heroes are the first responders, community organizations, non-profits and the volunteers who work tirelessly for the underprivileged and children of the community.

Once again, I want to thank you for allowing me to serve as your Councilman.  Although, I am leaving the town government at the end of my term, I am not closing the door.  Please know that I am an active member of the community, and will always have your best interest at heart.

Thank you,

Eugene Cook

Huntington Town Councilman

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