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North Hudson Village Board sees 5 candidates

Five candidates have filed for three positions on the North Hudson Village Board for the Tuesday, April 3 election.

The Star-Observer asked contenders to fill out an introductory questionnaire. Their responses are recorded below.

Joshua Lee Bennis

Bennis informed the paper he would not be submitting a response.

Robert Cizek

Age: 69

Address: 500 Wisconsin St. N. #210

Occupation: Retired

Family: Single with two children and three grandchildren

Prior elected offices held: None

Clubs, organizations and civic involvement: Past member of the WITC Technology Board, teacher of American History and the US Constitution.

Why would you like to serve as a North Hudson Village Trustee?

I bring my extensive experience with a farming upbringing north of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, four years of naval service, engineering education, 30 years of major corporate work and 11 years working for the Cameron School District in an administrative position as qualifications for this position.

My Christian beliefs dictate me to make decisions based on the Godly principles contained in the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution, a Conservative Strict Constitutionalist. I feel like my North Hudson Village Trustee decisions will be well balanced between the needs and desires of the North Hudson people and existing federal and state law. I do not adhere to frivolous debt, expanding unnecessary government regulations nor party politics based voting decisions.

How can voters find out more about you online?

Currently I do not participate in social media, however if elected, I'll maintain a website with email access and a blog forum for questions and answers.

Philip Matz

Age: 44

Address: 606 Fourth St. N. #3

Occupation: Facilities Specialist at Bremer Bank, part owner of Philip Matz & Associates, LLC (property management with my wife), part owner of Marnie Marie Photography and The Lone Squirrel Gift Shop (with my wife)

Family: Marnie Matz (wife), Gavin Matz (son, 11th Grade), Hudson Matz (son, 10th Grade)

Prior elected offices held: NA

Clubs, organizations and civic involvement: Participated in Junior Achievement, volunteer at North Hudson Elementary and Habitat for Humanity

Why would you like to serve as a North Hudson Village Trustee?

I wish to continue keeping the North Hudson community safe and clean by supporting the committees that propagate those sentiments. I have raised my children and lived in North Hudson for 20 years and hope that other families can feel good about doing the same. With experience in building management, healthcare management, and the skilled trades I should be able to help make good decisions and bring subject matter expertise on many subjects. We all have responsibilities in life whether they be to our job, family, financial, or others, I want to embrace my social/community responsibility and give back to the community that has given to me and my family.

How can voters find out more about you online?


Bryan Pike (incumbent)

Age: 59

Address: North Hudson

Occupation: Retired VP of Information Technology

Family: I have been married for 42 years to my high school sweetheart. We raised six children. Nine months ago my father passed away and my mother, who has Alzheimer's, is now living with us as well, so we can care for her.

Prior elected offices held: Village Trustee for North Hudson

Clubs, organizations and civic involvement: NA

Why would you like to serve as a North Hudson Village Trustee?

I was asked to serve the remainder of a vacated Trustee term back in 2015. Since that time I have served on the Public Safety, Public Works, Cable Board, and Finance Committees. I am currently chairing the Public Works committee. My purpose in serving is to keep our taxes as low as possible while maintaining exemplary services to the Village of North Hudson. I have been living in North Hudson since 1995.

Tim Zais (incumbent)

Age: 55

Address: 629 Cherry Circle N.

Occupation: Technology Vendor Contract Manager, A.V.P. for US Bank

Family: Diane (Wife), Allison, Megan, Claire (Daughters)

Prior elected offices held: Past two years as a North Hudson Trustee

Clubs, organizations and civic involvement: President of North Hudson Pepper Festival, founding and current member of North Hudson Neighborhood Watch, WIAA Basketball and Track Official

Why would you like to serve as a North Hudson Village Trustee?

I became a North Hudson Village Trustee by a write-in vote and won by one vote, which shows that every vote does count. The experience over the last two years as an elected official has certainly increased my knowledge of the village and how it operates.

I have been a resident of North Hudson for 29 years. I have seen it develop yet still remain a copacetic neighborhood to live in.

As an elected official you're responsible to educate yourself with village activities and to make sure proposals are clearly understood. I am confident in saying that over the last two years that I have taken ownership of this Trustee role and have represented the village with my best intentions. Please vote, it does matter.

How can voters find out more about you online?

Please call 715-386-2746.