HUDSON, Ohio — An Ohio mayor has resigned from his mostly ceremonial office after two high-profile political controversies.
Craig Shubert tendered his resignation Monday morning to the city council clerk and released a statement.
The mayor made national headlines last week when he expressed concern that allowing ice fishing in a park would bring prostitution to the city.
Shubert also made news last year when he called on school board members to resign over an elective book in a college class at Hudson High School that he called “child pornography.”
Summit County District Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh’s office investigated the allegations and issued a searing rebuke to the mayor’s claim and the dozens of threats against school board members that followed.
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In his resignation statement, Shubert clarified his comments on ice fishing.
“My comments during Tuesday’s workshop were made out of concern for our community; what might become of the unintended consequences of the new legislation, based on my previous television reporting experience,” Shubert wrote. “My attempt to inject some dry humor to make a point about this, in the middle of a cold and snowy February, was grossly misunderstood.
“Some members of our community saw this as an opportunity to engage in the policy of personal destruction through defamation, blaming me for the negative international press they helped promote.”
Shubert said he was ready to take the next step.
“Since the passing of my wife, First Lady Sherri Moyer, I have thought a lot about the next stage of my life. Retirement is just around the corner,” he wrote. “With the recent changes to the city council, where six of the seven seats have been replaced, the town hall is entering a new era. My role as an agent of change is complete.”
The head of the city council said he and his colleagues appreciate the mayor’s service.
“City Council appreciates the time and dedication Mayor Shubert has given to serving the citizens of Hudson,” said Hudson City Council Chairman Chris Foster. “We respect his decision and wish him the best for the future.”
Shubert was elected mayor in November 2019 when he defeated incumbent David Basil. In 2018, he sought the Republican Party nomination for the Ohio House 37th District race, but lost.