Naomi Larsen, Chetwynd Echo Editor
HUDSON’S HOPE – After two terms at the helm of the District of Hudson Hope, Mayor Karen Anderson is stepping down this month effective Oct. 17.
Her departure sends the district into a by-election.
While Anderson says the main reason for stepping down is to spend more time with her family, she added there is a lot going on in and around Hudson Hope, and due to a perceived conflict of interest she decided to hand the reins to someone else.
“It’s a really, really busy time and … it’s a bigger commitment than I’m already committed too,” she says. “And Hudson Hope is kind of stuck in the middle.” The by-election is set for Dec. 1, 2012. Two councilors have also stepped down to run for the Mayor’s seat leaving three seats vacant.
“I have enjoyed my time on council and I sincerely appreciate the support provided to me during my years as Mayor,” Anderson says. “While I look forward to enjoying my retirement, I will miss the energy this council brings to matters of importance to Hudson’s Hope.