Hudson. We call it home and for good reason.
For 222 years, our community has been a place to practice our faith, to educate our children, to grow a business, to live a life with good friends, and to dream of a brighter tomorrow.
We are blessed to live in an incredible community, filled with beautiful, well-maintained homes and schools that rank among the best in the nation. Yet our city also faces some very basic challenges. I ran for mayor to bring the focus of city government back to the core issues that make Hudson such an amazing place to live.
Through the generations, we have counted on good leaders to provide for our safety, to maintain our infrastructure, and to establish sound policy to help our employers prosper, while being fiscally responsible in doing so.
In the past 15 years; however, we drifted away from the tenets of common sense governance.
Residents have repeatedly told me they felt the City was focusing on amenities and luxuries while important things like infrastructure, traffic congestion, and rising property taxes were going unaddressed. With millions of dollars spent on property and projects, a growing city staff, and ballooning salaries, voters were right to feel unsettled about the direction of City Hall.
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the voters of Hudson went to the polls to make their voices heard. With 20 of 20 precincts reporting, the vote tally revealed a desire for change in leadership.
I am honored to have been elected Hudson's 56th mayor and promise to do my best to serve the needs of our residents and businesses, alike.
In the course of that election season, I was able to forge a coalition of candidates with varying political perspectives, but with similar conservative values. Together, with Ron Panaggio (Ward 1), Chris Foster (Ward 2), Skylar Sutton (Ward 3), and Beth Bigham (Ward 4), we articulated a platform for fiscal accountability, operational transparency, and strong, experienced leadership. Ron had a tough race; up against three other candidates, he was bested by a slim margin of 70 votes.
Beth, Chris, Skylar, and I were officially sworn-in on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
We were not alone in this endeavor. We were blessed with a committed, hardworking campaign staff and a group of fantastic volunteers that knocked on more than 7,000 doors in scorching heat and freezing rain. I am also grateful to my generous donors who gave graciously of their treasure to help fund this race and to the thousands of Hudson residents who shared their concerns for our city and their respective neighborhoods.
None of this would have been possible without the love and support of my beautiful bride and our First Lady, Sherri Moyer. You will find her to be an intelligent and compassionate woman with a deep faith in God, savvy business sense, and a love of children and education.
In closing, let's all remember there is much more that unites our tight knit community than divides us, and now is the time to come together to resolve our differences so we can focus on our future. Please stay in touch.
Mayor Craig A. Shubert
City of Hudson