GOP Hamil­ton Coun­cil­man Ed Gore re­signs

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - FRONT PAGE - By Su­laiman Ab­dur-Rah­man Su­laiman@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @sab­durr on Twit­ter

HAMIL­TON >> Soon a new face will serve on Hamil­ton Town­ship Coun­cil.

That’s be­cause Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ed Gore sub­mit­ted a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion on Thurs­day, pro­duc­ing a sud­den va­cancy on the five-mem­ber gov­ern­ing body. The Repub­li­can coun­cil­man said he is step­ping down ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately to re­turn to his old job and pas­sion of serv­ing as Hamil­ton’s public de­fender.

“Since 2010, I have had the honor and the priv­i­lege of serv­ing the cit­i­zens of Hamil­ton as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive on our Town­ship Coun­cil,” Gore said in his res­ig­na­tion let­ter. “It was a unique op­por­tu­nity to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence for my com­mu­nity that I have truly cher­ished — and which was only sur­passed in terms of per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion by my ten­ure of ser­vice as our com­mu­nity’s Public De­fender.”

A lawyer by pro­fes­sion, Gore first as­sumed mu­nic­i­pal of­fice in April 2010 when Hamil­ton Coun­cil ap­pointed him to a seat va­cated by for­mer coun­cil­man Tom Good­win. He thanked the cit­i­zens of Hamil­ton Town­ship for elect­ing him to the seat in Novem­ber 2010 and re-elect­ing him in 2013. He also thanked his coun­cil col­leagues, Mayor Kelly Yaede and his fam­ily for sup­port­ing him over the course of his seven years in elected of­fice.

Full cir­cle

In 2010, Gore re­signed from his part-time job as the town­ship’s mu­nic­i­pal public de­fender to serve as a coun­cil­man, and on Thurs­day he re­signed as a coun­cil­man to re­sume his old job.

“Ed did a ter­rific job the en­tire time he was on coun­cil,” Hamil­ton Coun­cil­man Dave Kenny said Thurs­day evening. “He was al­ways knowl­edge­able and fair and will­ing to lis­ten to both sides on the is­sues, and it will be a loss to the coun­cil.”

With Gore’s im­me­di­ate res­ig­na­tion, Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Den­nis Pone will be­come the new coun­cil pres­i­dent and Hamil­ton Coun­cil in the near fu­ture will have to ap­point some­one to serve for the re­main­der of Gore’s term, ac­cord­ing to Kenny. Gore’s term runs through Dec. 31, 2017.

The Hamil­ton Town­ship Repub­li­can mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee in the com­ing days will have to iden­tify three po­ten­tial can­di­dates for Gore’s seat, and Hamil­ton Coun­cil will have to se­lect one of those three can­di­dates to fill the va­cancy. Who­ever gets ap­pointed to the seat will likely seek elec­tion to a full four-year term in Novem­ber.

In re­as­sum­ing his old public de­fender job, “Not only am I ex­cited and ea­ger to re­turn to this area of public ser­vice,” Gore said in his res­ig­na­tion let­ter, “but I also feel that I am pro­vid­ing a bet­ter op­por­tu­nity for an­other qual­i­fied in­di­vid­ual — whomever he or she may be — to en­joy the same op­por­tu­nity that I en­joyed in serv­ing on the Town­ship Coun­cil.”

Years be­fore be­com­ing a coun­cil­man, Gore in the 1990s pre­vi­ously served as a Hamil­ton school board mem­ber.

Hamil­ton Coun­cil­man Ed Gore.

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