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Write-in candidate challenges O'Malley for District 5 council seat

Ellen Lewison, 1127 Third St., has announced her candidacy for the District 5 City Council seat currently held by Scot O'Malley.

Because she decided only recently to run for office, her name won't appear on the April 5 ballot.

In a call to the Star-Observer, Lewison said she decided to seek the position after tuning into a cable telecast of the council meeting in which the Twisted Grille's application for a liquor license was first discussed, and was disappointed with what she heard.

The city attorney didn't know how many liquor licenses were available, she said, and the comments she heard about the future restaurant and music club weren't fair.

Lewison said O'Malley's opposition to granting the Twisted Grille a liquor license didn't match the opinions of the city residents she had talked to.

The 50-year-old Lewison is a legal secretary for a Minneapolis law firm that she said represents local governments and their officials in land use disputes and other issues.

She has been a resident of Hudson for 10 years.

O'Malley responded to the announcement of Lewison's write-in candidacy by saying the liquor license issue is the only one he's aware of that she's concerned about.

"I believe that is the sole reason Ellen Lewison is running as a write-in candidate, because in the 10 years or so that I have known her she has never shown the slightest interest to me or anyone I know in the workings of the city," O'Malley said. "Her community involvement is essentially nil as far as I know."

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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