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City will have contests for 3 council seats

Hudson will have contests for the three City Council seats up for election on April 1.

Mayor Alan Burchill will go unchallenged in the spring election, however.

The deadline for filing nomination papers to get on the ballot was 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7.

City Clerk Nancy Korson reported that incumbent Mary Yacoub and challenger Joseph Allen have filed as candidates in District 2, located on the southeastern side of the city.

Yacoub is seeking her third two-year term on the council.

Allen, a newcomer to city politics, resides in the Heritage Greens subdivision.

In District 3, attorney Thomas McCormick and longtime Hudson School Board member Dan Tjornehoj are running for the council seat that Lori Bernard is giving up.

Bernard has chosen not to seek re-election after serving three terms on the council. She was council president for three of the six years.

Tjornehoj isn’t running for another term on the school board after serving on it for more than 20 years.

In District 4, incumbent Kurt TeWinkel faces a challenge from James Webber in his bid for a second term.

Webber, a retired 3M Co. engineer, served on the Troy Town Board for two years before moving to Hudson. TeWinkel is a commercial project manager for a St. Paul landscaping, lawn care and snow removal company.

Burchill has been Hudson’s mayor since late 2010 when fellow council members elected him to replace former mayor Dean Knudson. Knudson resigned after being elected to the Wisconsin Assembly.

Burchill was elected to his first full two-year term as mayor in April 2012.

Bernard gives her reasons

“I served six years and I feel like a lot has been accomplished in that time in the city,” Bernard said Tuesday when asked why she decided against seeking re-election.

She also wants more time for her family and her real estate career, she said.

“It’s an honor to serve, but I’m sort of a believer in term limits, too,” Bernard added, “even if they’re self-imposed.”


Bernard listed street improvements, new companies in St. Croix Business Park, retail and tourism growth, park improvements, the hiring of good city officials, and the move of the police department to the library building at Vine and First streets as accomplishments during her tenure on the council.

She named Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli, Finance Officer Neil Soltis and St. Croix EMS Chief Kim Eby as the officials promoted or hired over the past six years who have done a good job.

Bernard said some “smaller things” also brought her satisfaction.

She’s glad the issue of private docks in the St. Croix River was settled, and that the issue of sailboat dinghies being kept on the dike road was clarified.

“I’m proud of our snowplowing ordinance -- just to have vehicles off the roads so our plows can plow more safely and efficiently,” Bernard said. “That ruffled some feathers and took a little bit to get passed, but it’s a lasting change for the Public Works Department.”

“Sometimes the little things we do have a big impact. (They’re) not always glamorous, but are the nuts and bolts of local governing.”

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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