Hudson Mayor Re-Elected
Euphoric phone calls and emails poured out of Hudson, Quebec, this past week with word that Michael Elliott — the same man who shepherded North America’s first anti-pesticide bylaw all the way to the Supreme Court — was named mayor again after 16 years in retirement from town politics.
Elliott, who is a key figure in the documentary film, A Chemical Reaction, had hinted to us that he was considering running for the town’s top elected office. The filming of the movie, he said, made him realize he “had a lot of unfinished business.”
Ultimately, when Elliott announced he was running, no one else in the town of 5,200 stepped forward to oppose him. He earned the seat by acclimation.
That sets up an intriguing battle. The town’s three golf courses have been exempted from the town’s historic anti-pesticide bylaw that took effect in 1991 and many folks, Elliott included, have objected to the courses’ free ride with pesticides. Will the new/old sheriff take on this fight to make history a second time around? I wouldn’t bet against it.