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Cook won't seek board re-election

School board president Annette Cook has filed non-candidacy papers and will not seek re-election in April. Cook has served four terms on the board. She was first elected in 1994 and has served as board president since May of 2001. Cook could not be reached for comment by press time.

With the filing deadline just days away, only one of the estimated nine people who took out candidacy papers for the Hudson School Board have filed for the three seats that will be determined in the spring election.

It is expected that incumbent Priscilla Wyeth will seek another term. Board vice president Nancy Donovan has already announced she will not run again.

The candidate who has filed is Brian Bell. Bell's name may be familiar to district residents. He was a member of the Hudson School District's Facilities Task Force in 2004 and was one of the members who presented the group's proposal to the Hudson School Board a year ago.

Bell moved to the Town of Hudson in 2002 with his wife Lucia and three children. Their two older children attend Hudson Prairie Elementary School.

Bell is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Air Fore from 1988 to 1999 as a fighter pilot, a mission commander and as pilot instructor. He served in Kuwait, Iraq, Korea, Japan and Alaska. He is currently the director of sales for Compellent Technologies.

The filing deadline is Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. Candidacy papers must be returned by then to the office of Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten at the district's central offices on the west side of the Hudson High School campus.

If more than six candidates file, a primary will be held on Feb. 21. The election is scheduled for April 4. For more information call 386-4901.

Meg Heaton can be reached at

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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