Last week’s election resulted in many spirited races. With an election comes change, hope and new ideas and last Tuesday’s results bring all of the above.Library referendum: With the overwhelming support of the library referendum, many Hudson-area residents are hopeful that a new library is in the offing. The referendum showed that a vast majority of residents are in support of the purchase of the Nuclear Management Building for a new library.
Keep in mind, however, that the referendum was non-binding and there is still a lot of work to do, both by library supporters and the city of Hudson, before such a project becomes reality. The referendum, however, gives government officials, library backers and citizens in general a clear message. Clear and simple, citizens want a new library.Circuit court judge: Congratulations to Howard Cameron, who narrowly defeated Mark Gherty for the Branch 4 Circuit Court judge post. This was one of those races where you hated to see anyone lose — both were quality candidates and both conducted well-run, above-board campaigns.City of Hudson mayor: New mayor Dean Knudson won easily after his opponent, Todd Erskine, bowed out of the race and threw his support to Knudson. Knudson’s election, however, represents a big change in the leadership of Hudson. Outgoing Mayor Jack Breault has done an excellent job of leading the city for 14 years. With Knudson comes the hope that there will be continued great leadership and new ideas.Board of education: School Board President Dan Tjornehoj was re-elected and he will be joined by two new board members, Barb VanLoenen and Lynn Robson. Incumbent Erika Cherrier was defeated in the election. She served on the board for about eight months after being appointed last summer — we thank her for her service. The School Board is always facing critical issues regarding the balance between education, growth and expenses. We wish the new board well.North Hudson: All incumbents (Jim Thomas, George Klein and Sandra Whalen) were re-elected. It’s hard to come to any concrete conclusion, except that the residents of North Hudson are apparently pleased with the direction of the current board — keep up the good work.Two incumbent area County Board members were defeated. Loren Sather defeated Charles Struemke in District 17 and Ken Kolbe defeated Ron Raymond in District 27. We congratulate the winners and, again, thank the incumbents for their years of service. Raymond had 14 years of service and was always considered a thoughtful, conscientious board member.In the other area contested races, Lori Bernard was a winner in Hudson’s District 3 and incumbent Dan Gavin was a winner in the town of St. Joseph Supervisor 1 post.
We pay tribute to all citizens who are willing to serve. Those willing to run for public office may not always be popular, but they are the people willing to stand up for what they believe and willing to put their names and reputations on the line.
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