James Hutchison (American politician)
James L. "Hutch" Hutchison Sr. (born June 20, 1942) is an American politician. Hutchison served as the first full-time Mayor of Dover, Delaware from 1994 to 2004. Hutchison is a member of the Republican Party. However, Dover's mayoral office is officially nonpartisan.
|Mayor of Dover, Delaware|
May 9, 1994 – May 10, 2004
|Preceded by||Aaron O. Knopf|
|Succeeded by||Stephen Speed|
|Born||June 20, 1942|
Dover, Delaware, U.S.
In 1994, Hutchison was elected Dover's first full-time mayor. He retired from office in 2004.
In January 2011, Hutchison announced his candidacy for an open seat in the Dover City Council, which was being vacated by retiring City Council President Ken Hogan. Hutchison won the City Council District 1 seat in the municipal election held on April 19, 2011, defeating Holly Malone.
In August 2011, Hutchison proposed lengthening the terms for the mayor and city council members from the current two-year term to four-years in office. Hutchison argued that the current election system, in which Dover's candidates must seek re-election every two years, is too expensive, costing the city approximately $10,000 per election. He told council that his proposal would save the city money and promote increased leadership among Dover's elected officials. Under his proposal, if enacted, the new four-year terms would be gradually phased in over a two-year period.
- Denison, Doug (2011-01-03). "Former Dover mayor "Hutch" to run for council". Dover Post. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- Denison, Doug (2011-04-06). "Meet the candidates: Dover City Council at-large, 1st and 2nd Districts". Dover Post. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- Denison, Doug (2011-04-19). "Dover picks fiscal conservatives for council". Dover Post. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
- "Longer terms proposed for Dover mayor, council". Associated Press. The Oregonian. 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
Aaron O. Knopf
| Mayor of Dover, Delaware