Tsukamoto Resigns from Madison Council

Republican councilwoman steps down after nearly six years in office.

Jeannie Tsukamoto Credit: Jake Remaly
Jeannie Tsukamoto Credit: Jake Remaly
Republican Councilwoman Jeannie Tsukamoto has resigned from Madison's governing body after nearly six years in office.

Tsukamoto sent a letter to the borough clerk Thursday saying her resignation is effective Friday. Her three-year term was up at the end of the December and she had opted not to seek re-election.

Tsukamoto wrote in the resignation letter that she looks forward "to continuing to serve our community in all my other volunteer endeavors." She did not say why she is stepping down. 

Madison Republicans are expected to submit to the governing body the names of three candidates to fill the vacancy. The Borough Council then would appoint one of the candidates to fill the seat for the remainder of the year.

Tsukamoto's resignation letter, dated Aug. 29 and addressed to Borough Clerk Elizabeth Osborne, is below.

Dear Liz:

I resign from the Borough Council effective August 30, 2013. I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to all my colleagues on the governing body and the borough employees and volunteers whom I have had the pleasure of working with for almost six years. I have very much enjoyed serving Madison and its taxpayers, and I look forward to continuing to serve our community in all my other volunteer endeavors.

Jeannie Tsukamoto
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III August 31, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Read this article about the resignation and my mind immediately wandered over to Machiavelli's The Prince, in which the maxim was born “Never do an enemy a small injury.” Machiavelli further wrote that “the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.” She tried - and failed - to take out Codey. From that point on, her days were numbered. Her co-conspirator will suffer the same fate at the ballot box come November. Justice.
Madison Station August 31, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Totally agree, Aladdin. I've been kicking myself for voting these two clowns in the last time around. After the Codey incident, I can't in good conscious cast a vote for either again. I hate political 'stuff' like this more than I hate having to wipe my own behind. Codey did not deserve that at all. He is a great administrator and Madison is so lucky to have him in that role. Anyone who does not understand that does not deserve to be a council member.
Larry Bruce August 31, 2013 at 07:05 AM
"She did not say why she is stepping down". Taking a wild guess that's it's so they can get Catalanello's running mate in before the election so that they can claim he has council experience. A shameful ending to a shameful council stint.
Steve Wells August 31, 2013 at 08:18 AM
Larry's right on target. Tsukamoto is a classic study in how ego can undermine one's standing. It would be admirable if Pat Rowe declined to be appointed the interim Council member, but that's perhaps too much to expect from today's Republicans. He's already one of the two favorites to win a seat in November (Gertler deservingly being the other), and trying to manipulate the system might well backfire on him. He's already hurt himself by aligning his candidacy with Catalanello's. Knowing him quite well from the Board of Ed for the last decade, he's better than to submit to the dubious antics of his party.


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