A former candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives and Hudson resident has announced he will seek the office of Hudson Mayor in the Nov. 5 general election.

Craig A. Shubert, 62, said he wants to see a return to common sense governance.

"We are blessed to live in an incredible community, filled with beautiful, well-maintained homes and schools that rank among the best in the nation. Yet our city also faces some very basic challenges," Shubert said. "Promises made during the merger of the village and the township 25 years ago still have not been addressed. I am running for mayor to bring the focus of city government back to the core issues that make Hudson such an amazing place to live."

Shubert said he listened to several hundred weary taxpayers as he was considering a campaign.

"Over and over, I hear residents say they feel that the city is focusing on amenities and luxuries while things like infrastructure, traffic congestion and rising property taxes go unaddressed," he said. "With millions of dollars spent recently on property and projects, a growing city staff and ballooning salaries, voters are right to feel unsettled about the direction of City Hall. It is time to get back to basics."

Professionally, Shubert has a diversified career portfolio with key roles in communications, marketing and global business development. He is employed by a division of AGCO Co. Earlier in his career, he was a communications assistant to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R - Iowa), currently president pro tempore of the Senate and chairman of the Finance Committee.

Shubert was a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in the May 2018 Republican Primary, finishing second in the 3-man race. He is a fiscal conservative, pro-business candidate and has served on the city’s Board of Tax Review since his appointment in May 2017.

A 20-year resident of Hudson, Shubert is married to Sherri Moyer and they make their home with two golden retrievers. They are active parishioners at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hudson where Shubert leads a team of 35 hospitality ministers.