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Races shaping up for Hudson City Council positions

Correction: A previous version of this article in the Jan. 2 print edition of the Star-Observer and online gave an incorrect date for the spring election. The correct date is April 1.

It appears that the Hudson City Council will have at least one new member following the April 1 election.

Lori Bernard, the District 3 alderperson since 2008, has filed a declaration of non-candidacy, and Thomas McCormick has declared his candidacy to replace her.

McCormick is a longtime Hudson lawyer. Bernard served three years as the City Council president.

The deadline for filing nomination papers for the three council seats and mayor’s office that are up for election is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7.

There are potential races in two of the districts where the two-year term of the incumbent alderperson is expiring.

Mary Yacoub, the incumbent in District 2, has handed in her completed nomination papers. Joseph Allen has declared his candidacy for the District 2 seat, but hasn’t yet turned in the completed nomination papers, including signatures of at least 20 district residents who support his candidacy.

Yacoub has been a member of the council since April 2010.

In District 4, one-term incumbent Kurt TeWinkel faces a potential challenge from James Webber.

TeWinkel has completed the nomination process. Webber has filed a declaration of candidacy, but still needs to return signatures and completed papers.

TeWinkel is a commercial project manager for a St. Paul landscaping, lawn care and snow removal company. Webber is a retired 3M Co. engineer and former Troy Town Board member.

Mayor Alan Burchill has also declared that he is a candidate for re-election. So far, no one has come forward to challenge him.

Burchill has served as mayor since late 2010 when fellow council members elected him to replace former mayor Dean Knudson, who resigned after being elected to the Wisconsin Assembly.

Burchill was elected to his first full two-year term as mayor in April 2012, when he defeated former District 5 alderperson Scot O’Malley.

City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick has recommended that mayoral candidates now be required to gather at least 200 signatures of support from city residents.

After Hudson’s population surpassed 10,000 in the 2010 Census, it became eligible to be a Third Class Wisconsin city. Mayoral candidates in Third Class cities need 200 or more signatures from supporters.

Hudson hasn’t yet registered as a Third Class city, but Munkittrick thought it would be prudent to follow the election rules for cities its size, according to City Clerk Nancy Korson.

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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