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Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert resigns amid ice fishing and prostitution comments

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Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert (left) made national headlines last week after suggesting that ice fishing shanties on a local lake could lead to prostitution. In his resignation, he said it was an attempt to inject dry humor into the meeting.

The embattled mayor of Hudson has resigned following a series of high-profile incidents which made national news.

Mayor Craig Shubert resigned Monday, almost a week after telling city council that allowing shanties for ice fishing in a local park could lead to prostitution. In a statement to the city, Shubert said it was his attempt to inject dry humor into the meeting. He had previously told local media that the statement was based on stories he had covered as a news reporter.

Last Tuesday’s meeting followed a special meeting — called by Mayor Shubert — to vote on suspending City Manager Jane Howington due to what council termed communication issues and poor annual reviews. That meeting quickly moved to executive session, and Hudson City Council President Chris Foster announced a deal had been reached with Howington, but no details have been forthcoming.

The mayor also made national headlines last fall, when he threatened prosecution of school board members over a book in an optional, college-level class which the mayor deemed “child pornography.”

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh reviewed the claims, declined to press any charges against the boardmembers, and called the mayor’s behavior a “lapse in judgement.”

The incident brought a congratulatory visit from former Treasurer Josh Mandel:

It also came after the mayor’s wife passed away, which he cited in his resignation as a reason for introspection.

City Council President Chris Foster said they appreciate “the time and dedication that Mayor Shubert has put in to serving the citizens of Hudson. We respect his decision and wish him the best in the future.” Council will seek to appoint a replacement, who would serve until the November election, when voters would choose the next Mayor.

The position of mayor in Hudson is mostly ceremonial.

Updated: February 14, 2022 at 12:22 PM EST
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Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010. While a Kent State student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.