The municipal enforcement officer took further precautions in preparing for the race, obtaining permission from council to take an unpaid leave of absence from Aug. 30 until after the Sept. 26 election.
“It’s something that I wanted to do for a while now, I’ve been thinking about it for the last few years,” he told the Beacon Friday.
If elected Fudge will retire from municipal enforcement after decades of service.
“With 30 years experience in the town, having driven every street, talking to thousands of people, I have an idea of the good, the bad, and the indifferent,” he said.
“But I can’t be my own master. I would have to finish up,” he said. “I would like to think I’ve had 30 good years… and if I’m successful I will officially retire.”
And still being an employee of the town, other than letting people know he’s running Fudge said he won’t be doing any official campaigning or discussing his platform until the leave of absence takes affect.
However, he did note that his years of service have pointed to a few traffic issues he would like to see addressed.
“Once I get my leave of absence, and I’m not a town employee for these 30 days, I’ll let everybody know exactly what I’m looking at and what I stand for,” said Fudge.
“The one thing I want to stress, I’m running no doubt about it, but I still have two months left (before the leave of absence) and I’m going to do my job.
“I’m not going to be anything different, whether or not it means losing a vote, doesn’t matter, I’m still going to be doing my job,” Fudge added