Council's 4-to-3 vote on June 20 to prevent Hudson's senior citizens, veterans, and others most in need from applying for Community Development Block Grants prompted me to pull out the city's charter and look ahead to this November's election.
Citizens interested in really making a difference in how Hudson's future is shaped might consider running for City Council.
Four seats are up for grabs in November, including two currently held by at-large members who voted to bar access for Hudsonites in need of a federal program tailored to help fund home repairs, improvements to assist the disabled, and infrastructure improvements that promote economic development and property renovations.
That June 20 vote, in my opinion, is the latest of a long line of dubious policy decisions made by out-of-touch council members largely unfazed by the prospect of being voted out of office. Word count limits imposed by the editor prevent me from elaborating here.
To run, you must have lived continuously in Hudson at least since November 7, 2015, and cannot hold an "incompatible" public office or have any financial interest in any city contract.
To get on the ballot, you have to gather just 50 valid signatures of qualified voters on Petition Form 3-O filed with the Summit County Board of Elections and pay a $45.00 fee by August 9, 2017.
If elected, you'll receive $80.00 for each regular meeting attended each month, not exceeding two, plus expenses.
Three of the available seats are for at-large members elected simultaneously on a vote-for-up-to-three basis, meaning that you wouldn't have to finish first to win third would be good enough! The fourth seat is held by someone appointed to fill a vacancy in Ward 4, the north end of the city.
Think about it! Don't let the same crowd run unopposed!
S. David Worhatch,