Election 2022: Hugo mayoral candidates respond to recall referendum
Mayoral candidates for the city of Hugo responded to the results of the recall referendum held on May 6.
In an email to supporters Wednesday night, Mayor Dennis Drouin said he is “concerned and puzzled by the fact that our citizens have voted to recall the Mayor and for the removal of the City manager. We are a progressive and forward looking city and we are proud of that.”
He continued, “We are a city that is working towards a new way of doing things that will bring our city back to its glory. And that is why Hugo can be proud of its City Manager. Mayor Drouin is a strong advocate for the well-being of our citizens. The city manager’s job is to bring about the changes that residents demand in their own lives and are not beholden to the political elite who stand to profit from the status quo. The new mayor has been working hard to change this and bring all of Hugo back to its former glory and is committed to doing just that.”
In a written statement Wednesday night, former Mayor Don McCallum said, “As a community we must be united to defeat these dark and negative forces that seek to destroy our city and it’s future. Hugo needs a new direction and that is exactly what I intend to do as our next mayor. I am a progressive, I take pride in having a strong work ethics, and I have pledged to always be honest with the citizens of Hugo. I support all of the changes needed to restore the economy, safety, and quality of life in our city. I will seek to make Hugo one of the best places to live and work.”
Former Mayor Michael Kiely in an email statement said, “Hugo needs a leader who can and will fight for our people, not politics. It is time for those who have abused the trust of Hugo residents to finally face their past. They have abused their power and are running for mayor again. Let the people who were responsible for so much damage and are now abusing the trust of the people, decide who they want