Deputy Hilton: ‘I will not stand for election’
ONE of Jersey’s longest-serving Deputies has announced that she will not be seeking re-election when Islanders go to the ballot boxes in May.
Deputy Jackie Hilton, who was first elected in 2002, says that she wants to spend more time with her family, but has not ruled out a return to politics in the future.
She has topped the poll in her St Helier 3/4 district in each of the five elections in which she has run. She is currently a member of the Health and Social Services Scrutiny Panel.
Deputy Hilton initially indicated her intention to stand for a sixth term when contacted by the JEP last year, but has since decided to take a ‘break from public life’.
She said: ‘It has been an honour and a privilege to serve initially as a Centenier and then as a Deputy in No 3/4 districts. Political life is demanding and at times stressful and to those who are successful in this year’s elections, I wish them, and existing Members, good luck with the many challenges they are likely to face.
‘The role has brought me into contact with many amazing and inspirational people and I hope that my record speaks for itself in the support I have provided to many during those 20 years.’
She added that it was ‘with a degree of sadness’ that she reached her decision not to seek re-election.
‘The decision has been a difficult one to make but I feel now is the right time to take a break from public life to devote my time to other interests and family matters,’ she said.
‘I have not ruled out the possibility of returning to politics at some time in the future and would like to thank all those who have supported me previously.
‘To the many constituents I have met in the past, and continue to meet on a daily basis, thank you for putting your trust in me and for giving me the opportunity to represent you over the last two decades. I would also like to acknowledge the many capable people in the parish of St Helier and those in the civil service of the various States departments who have assisted me over the years.’