Atlantic City has had a new Mayor for three days now. Scott Evans was selected from a pool of three choices: himself, Dominic Cappella and Barbara Hudgins. Evans was selected in a 6-2 vote by Council at 21 November’s special meeting. Cappella was voted down 2-6. It is Hudgins that I now focus upon.
Hudgins – a former A.C. Councilwoman and Jim Whelan ally – did not receive a vote. That was not due to a lack of effort. Hudgins publicly tried harder than her two opponents to get the nomination. She sent a letter advocating her candidacy to all the members of Council earlier that day. She even went so far as to read that letter in Council Chambers.
The most remarkable Hudgins move was “The Future of Atlantic City Tour,” which made its latest stop during the vote for Mayor. One man – a Hudgins operative – introduced a parade of 8 young women as “The Future of Atlantic City.” The women approached the microphone, designated for the public’s use, and introduced themselves in the following manner, “I am _____. I graduated Atlantic City High School in ______. I now go to ______ College/University. And I am – I am – the Future of Atlantic City.”
Those in attendance wondered to what purpose the young women were introduced. It certainly did not get Hudgins the Mayoral nod.
This is Hudgins’s second failed attempt to gain office. She ran for and lost the Democratic nomination for Councilman At-large to George Tibbitt. Tibbitt went on to win that Council seat in the general election.
While those girls may be the future of Atlantic City, it is sure that Hudgins will not be. She has had her time and both City Democratic voters and the City Council have decided to go with a fresher face in public office.
As “The Future of A.C.” parade sat down, after speaking from the microphone, a not-so-fresh face stepped-up. “I am the future of Atlantic City,” said Joseph Pollillo.