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Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol will not seek reelection in November

Opinion / Letters January 7, 2023

Huntington Town Councilwoman Joan Cergol announced last week that she will not seek reelection in November 2023.

Joan Cergol, who has served as Huntington Town Councilwoman since 2017, announced last week that she will not seek reelection in November 2023. Below is her letter to Huntington residents:

I hope you had a wonderful New Year celebration and wish all good things for you and family in 2023.

As for me, while it has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve as a Councilwoman these last five years on behalf of the people of my hometown Huntington, I have made the decision not to seek reelection in November 2023.

My 21 years’ work in Huntington has challenged me to solve resident, business and government problems ranging from run of the mill to monumental. I am enormously proud of being a figure in government to whom so many have felt comfortable reaching out following word of mouth that I was accessible and effective. This feedback has deeply humbled me.

One year remains of my term before I officially part ways, and before Huntington government becomes another chapter in my story, and I become one of many characters to have passed through it. I pledge to all of my constituents and co-workers in government that I will continue to put in the hard work for which I am known until the last day of 2023.

I believe my body of work and conduct speak to my love of Huntington and respect for all people, including every elected colleague with whom I have had the privilege to work.

I have now reached a place in my 38-year long career, with roughly half of it spent in the private sector as a writer and public relations professional, and the other in Huntington Town government in various leadership roles, where come 2024 I will be eager to apply my combined private/public sector knowledge base in one or more new arenas.

My door continues to be open to anyone who knocks or calls. If I can help you or another, please know, I am there.

All good wishes,
Joan Cergol