MONTPELIER — Republican Rep. Ron Hubert of Milton plans to resign from the Vermont House on July 1.
Hubert, who was first elected to the House in 2008, said he has emailed a resignation letter to legislative officials and plans to mail a copy of the letter this week. The resignation will take effect on July 1.
“It’s time for me — my business and my family needs. It’s time,” Hubert told the Vermont Press Bureau Monday. “It’s harder and harder to run a small business and be away. It’s time for me come back.”
Hubert has owned Middle Road Market in Milton since 1987.
He said among his greatest achievements as a lawmaker is that he “did not vote for a tax increase for nine years.” He also said passing a bill “to make people aware of chains and barriers and what they can do to people if they do not put flags on them” is another highlight.
Hubert’s grandson was involved in a motorcycle crash more than two years ago when he struck a chain. Hubert said his grandson has undergone more than 26 operations as a result of that crash.
Hubert said he did not want to discuss other issues that led to his resignation.
“I’d rather not answer that,” he said.
Milton’s town Republican Party will send names to Gov. Phil Scott to consider as potential replacements in the House once Hubert’s resignation takes effect.
“I’ve been working with the Milton (Republican Party) for a month now. There are two names that will be submitted to the governor as soon as my resignation goes through,” Hubert said.
He declined to identify the two potential candidates.
House Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton, said he is sad to see his seat mate step down but understands why it is necessary.
“It’s disappointing Ron’s stepping down, but he’s spent nine years and he’s worked really hard and represented the town well, in my opinion,” Turner said. “His family and business need his time now.”
Turner said he will also consider his future in the Legislature during the second half of the legislative biennium. Turner serves as the fire chief in Milton as well as the acting town manager.
“It’s going to depend on what happens next session and how I can balance the responsibilities that I have here. I will have to make a decision and the Select Board will have to, as well,” he said. “I’ve been balancing lots of things for a long time, but you can only do that for so long.”