UPDATE Alan Hodge, a Westport Planning and Zoning Commissioner, has submitted his resignation, members were told tonight.
Alan Hodge: resignation submitted but not yet accepted. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Elected in 2013 on the Democratic ticket, Hodge supported Republican Chip Stephens as the P&Z chair soon afterward and often voted with Republicans. The chair of the Democratic Town Committee sharply criticized Hodge’s support of Stephens.
“I think Alan was a victim of political nastiness, and for a guy who worked so hard for us and was a neutral person, I’m very sorry it ended this way,” said Stephens at the end of tonight’s meeting in disclosing Hodge’s resignation.
He added: “Hopefully none of us will have to go through what he has gone through.”
Stephens went on to praise the work of Hodge on the commission. A British-born attorney, Hodge became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2011. He was not present at the meeting.
Cathy Walsh, who succeeded Stephens as chair, said while Hodge has submitted his resignation, she has yet to accept it. “I was waiting for a phone call back,” she said. “To be continued is the best thing to say.”
Democrats and Republicans will meet on Tuesday to nominate their candidates for the November municipal election, including members of the P&Z.
A Democratic Town Committee email Sunday night (July 16) did not list Hodge as an endorsed candidate for the P&Z.