Mayor's race heats up in Hudson
HUDSON (April 8, 2019) — The mayor’s race is beginning to take shape as both the incumbent and a challenger have announced their plans to seek the four-year seat this fall.
Mayor David Basil, who was elected as the city’s 49th mayor in 2015, will seek a second term in office. Craig Shubert, who sought the Republican nomination for the Ohio House 37th District seat in 2018, said he has decided to run for the seat, as well. Shubert finished second in the three-person Republican Primary for the state house race.
Both Basil and Shubert have pulled petitions, but neither has filed the paperwork yet. The deadline to submit petitions for the Nov. 5 race is Aug. 7.
Why they are running?
Shubert said he wants to see a return to “common sense governance.”
“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,” Shubert said. “Promises made during the merger of the village and the township 25 years ago still have not been addressed. I am running for mayor to bring the focus of city government back to the core issues that make Hudson such an amazing place to live.”
Shubert said he listened to feedback from several hundred taxpayers as he considered running for office.
“Over and over, I hear residents say they feel that the city is focusing on amenities and luxuries while things like infrastructure, traffic congestion and rising property taxes go unaddressed,” Shubert said. “With millions of dollars spent recently on property and projects, a growing city staff and ballooning salaries, voters are right to feel unsettled about the direction of City Hall. It is time to get back to basics.”
Noting he is a fiscal conservative, Shubert said he wants to “make sure that we're getting value for the expenditures that we make.” He said transparency and accountability are “two very important issues to people right now.”
Basil said he would like to preserve the city’s character while also ensuring its long-term success.
“If re-elected as mayor, I will continue to act as an advocate for the long-term best interests of the community,” Basil said. “I will work with council to be proactive in addressing those interests, current needs and will continue to support community organizations that enhance our vibrant community. I also look forward to strengthening my existing relationships with leaders in Summit County, neighboring communities and across Northeast Ohio.”
Basil said he has participated in initiatives such as the First and Main project, the installation of a full-time economic development director, and a “near doubling” of the annual road budget for each of the past two years. Basil also formed a Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, a move he said was met with an “overwhelming positive response.”
“I look forward to continuing our work as the committee’s dynamic and passionate members provide significant input and make a lasting contribution to Hudson,” Basil added.
Basil said he backs “efforts to secure economic development appropriate for Hudson and [I] absolutely support our local merchants.”
Before he became mayor, Basil served on Hudson City Council for 10-1/2 years and was president from 2008 to 2013. He served on planning commission for five and a half years, two and a half as chair. Basil served as a member of various committees at the Hudson United Methodist Church, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson.
Basil graduated from Purdue University, received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and has practiced law for almost 40 years. He and his wife Deborah, also an attorney, have lived in Hudson for 25 years. Their two sons are Hudson High School graduates.
Shubert has not served in an elected office before. He has been on the city’s Board of Tax Review since May 2017. Shubert has a diversified career portfolio with key roles in communications, marketing and global business development. He is employed by a division of AGCO Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was a communications assistant to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), currently president pro tempore of the Senate and chairman of the Finance Committee.
A 20-year resident of Hudson, Shubert is married to Sherri Moyer, a Ph.D. candidate, and they make their home with two golden retrievers. They are active parishioners at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hudson where Shubert leads a team of 35 hospitality ministers. He is chairman emeritus of the Eagle Scout Association of Great Cleveland -- a 1,000-plus member organization.
Craig Shubert announces campaign for Hudson Mayor
HUDSON (April 7, 2019) – A former candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives has announced he will seek the office of Hudson Mayor in the November 5 general election.
Craig A. Shubert, 62, said he wants to see a return to common sense governance.
“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. Promises made during the merger of the village and the township 25 years ago still have not been addressed. I am running for mayor to bring the focus of city government back to the core issues that make Hudson such an amazing place to live,” Shubert said.
Shubert said he listened to several hundred weary taxpayers as he was considering a campaign. “Over and over, I hear residents say they feel that the city is focusing on amenities and luxuries while things like infrastructure, traffic congestion and rising property taxes go unaddressed. With millions of dollars spent recently on property and projects, a growing city staff, and ballooning salaries, voters are right to feel unsettled about the direction of City Hall. It is time to get back to basics.” Shubert said.
Professionally, Shubert has a diversified career portfolio with key roles in communications, marketing, and global business development. He is employed by a division of AGCO Corporation. Earlier in his career, he was a communications assistant to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA, currently president pro tempore of the Senate and chairman of the Finance Committee.
Shubert was a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the May 2018 Republican Primary, finishing second in the 3-man race. He is a fiscal conservative, pro-business candidate, and has served on the city’s Board of Tax Review since his appointment in May 2017.
A 20-year resident of Hudson, Shubert is married to Sherri Moyer and they make their home with two golden retrievers. They are active parishioners at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hudson where Shubert leads a team of 35 hospitality ministers.
When the city first announced high speed, fiber optic internet service was coming to Hudson, I was excited. 100 mb/s and greater reliability at the same costs as 30 mb/s service, the city said. Too good to be true? My Canadian friends had high speed internet, but our local providers were lagging. I was eager for change.
Spectrum and Windstream soon caught up and began offering accelerated speeds at competitive rates.
Hudson city leaders have pushed Velocity Broadband as an economic development benefit to draw new business. To date, they have "loaned" Velocity $3.85 million of your money and used the resources of Hudson Public Power (HPP) to get this government-run business operating. The service is currently wired to 230 customers along a 60-mile fiber line throughout the city.
After 3 years, there has yet to be a full and accurate accounting. Neither the debt service on the loan nor the HPP subsidies (of manpower, equipment, and supplies) have been included in the accounting of Velocity's operations. When city staff reports Velocity is "cash flow positive", it is saying Velocity took in more cash that month than it had expenses. Not a single loan payment has been made.
Council agreed to open Velocity to some Hudson residents and to some businesses in the City of Stow (along Norton / Seasons Road). Meanwhile, you are responsible for the financial burden and HPP customers pay extra in their monthly utility bill to support this initiative. For some, its a double whammy!
While proponents say Velocity will generate revenue for the city, opponents counter saying the city is unnecessarily competing with private enterprise which has substantially more capital than the city has in its coffers.
Let's get back to basics with common sense governance.
Elect Craig Shubert, Hudson Mayor
Tuesday, November 5
Downtown Phase II
This controversial project continues to consume the time, talent, and treasure of Hudson residents, city staff, and members of council with no end in sight.
Nearly 5,000 Hudson voters expressed their "opinion" on whether city leaders should move forward with its plans for the Downtown Phase II development in a May 7, 2019 advisory election. The outcome was 52% voting 'No' and 48% voting 'Yes'.
The images above illustrate what our then-mayor, city council, city manager and staff had envisioned for the property in the area of Owen Brown St and Morse Rd; to date, predominantly a government-backed luxury housing development north of Owen Brown and Class A professional office space and retail / commercial development to the south.
The city allocated $75,000 of your money to convince you to vote "Yes" in this non-binding referendum, which cost an additional $23,000 to conduct. A political action committee (PAC), named "Informed Citizens of Hudson", supported by some current and former members of city council, aggressively promoted the project. A second PAC, named "Hudson's Voice", opposed the plan.
Housing density and traffic concerns remain significant issues for area residents. They say there are simply too many unknowns and the project remains too fluid:
- The city has not seen a single blueprint of the proposed housing, yet it wants to break ground on construction in 2019.
The city has not seen a single floor plan for the commercial / office space nor does it have any tenants committed to leasing space.
- The cost of the project has mushroomed to more than $10 million of taxpayer money and the city still does not own the Windstream building which it will need to work around nor does it have a developer agreement in place after 5 years.
The city has learned the developer (Testa) will focus on the housing portion of the project, but may not complete the commercial / office space for years to come, if ever.
Concerns about the developer's financial wherewithal to complete the project have come to light, but City Hall is not talking which means residents could be on the hook to finish this project.
The city is estimating $1 million in new income tax revenue from the project. That means 500 people working in the Phase II development will need to earn $100,000 annually. That's not a realistic expectation.
Even though residents "advised" city council not to proceed with its plan, after three workshops and hearing further resident input, the mayor, city council, and the city manager moved forward with a "tweaked" version of their plan which focused heavily on upscale housing for seniors and the elusive, wealthy millennial professionals they hope to attract.
In contrast to the city's plan, many residents said they would prefer to have something that brings greater, long-lasting value to all residents; not just a few, such as:
- Recreation Center
- Senior Citizen Center
- Community Swimming Pool or Water Park
- Outdoor Amphitheater
- Art Museum
- Botanical Garden
- Food Hall
- Old Fashion Saloon
- Ferris Wheel
There are development options, but it will require a change in leadership this Fall. Let's get back to listening to residents. Let's get back to basics with common sense governance.
Elect Craig Shubert, Hudson Mayor
Tuesday, November 5
Hudson is a very special community with wonderful people I am proud to call my friends. Some have lived here only a short time while others have invested a lifetime. My wife, Sherri, and I are proud to have called Hudson our home for 20 years.
Like you, we have watched how the city has changed. We've always counted on our city leaders to listen and to act in good faith. Of late, many residents are telling me they are questioning the wisdom, judgment, and actions of the City Manager, the Mayor, and some members of our City Council.
Click on the links below to learn more about the issues and concerns I am hearing from residents, and what I'll do as your next Mayor to address these matters for the good of our community.
Fiscal Accountability & Transparency
Downtown Phase II
Our new mayor will be a strong leader. One that will listen to residents, will work on their behalf, and will hold City Hall accountable.
Twenty-five years after the merger of the village and township, Hudson once again finds itself at a crossroads. Craig ran for mayor to bring the focus of the city government back to the core issues that make Hudson such an amazing place to live.
He is an accomplished business leader, change agent, and growth catalyst. He is an advocate for fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, and transparency in government.
Craig has a diversified career portfolio with key roles in communications, marketing, and global business development.
Before graduating from college, Craig was an award-winning journalist and correspondent for The Associated Press and United Press International in an era when ethics ruled the newsroom and a libel suit was something to fear.
After graduating, Craig became a television news reporter, anchor, and bureau chief. He knows his way around politics. He has interviewed countless individuals, from mayoral candidates to global leaders, on a wide-range of domestic and international issues.
Craig later transitioned to marketing consumer products where he developed and launched more than 500 branded and private label items for the grocery, drug, mass merchant, hardware / home improvement, and agri-supply retail channels worldwide.
He has traveled to 31 countries, many of them multiple times, where he engaged business leaders and heads of state, including Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Deng Xiaoping (China), Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle (Chile), Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud (Saudia Arabia), and Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush (United States).
Craig went on to leverage a dynamic combination of expertise in global business development and senior-level negotiation to commercialize solutions, which opened revenue streams in 65 countries and placed product aboard the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery and the Russian Space Station Mir.
Craig was a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the May 2018 primary, finishing second in the 3-man race. He is a fiscal conservative, pro-business, pro-life candidate, and has served on the city's Board of Tax Review from May 2017 to November 2019.
Earlier in his career, he was a Capitol Hill communications assistant to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA, currently president pro tempore emeritus of the Senate and ranking member of the Commitee on the Judiciary.
Craig is a graduate of Iowa State University with a baccalaureate degree in journalism and mass communication. He minored in business administration and economics. He carried a full-load of classes and worked his way through college, holding down two jobs to repay his entire student loan debt.
Faith & Family
A 22-year resident of Hudson, Craig is married to Sherri Moyer, a Ph.D. candidate, and they make their home with a pair of energetic Golden Retrievers, named Charlie and Sammi.
Craig and Sherri are active parishioners at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hudson where Craig served on the Rite of Christian Initiative for Adults (R.C.I.A.) team for 5 years, and has been a Hospitality Minister (usher) and Lector (Scripture reader) for the past 15 years. He is also a member of the Men's Club.
Craig believes in servant leadership. As a young man, Craig was active in Scouting, earned his God and Country Award, and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout. Throughout his life, he has willingly helped other people and has taken a leadership role rendering assistance when and where needed.
Craig is committed to watching over the City of Hudson, guiding its future, protecting its treasury, enabling economic growth and good paying jobs, strengthening our educational system, and ensuring there is transparency in everything City Hall does.
Craig is the leader we need to get us back-to-basics and common sense government. Thank you for supporting him.