HUDSON — The mayor’s race is beginning to take shape as both the incumbent and a challenger have announced their plans to seek the four-year seat this fall.
Mayor David Basil, who was elected as the city’s 49th mayor in 2015, will seek a second term in office. Craig Shubert, who sought the Republican nomination for the Ohio House 37th District seat in 2018, said he has decided to run for the seat, as well. Shubert finished second in the three-person Republican Primary for the state house race.
Both Basil and Shubert have pulled petitions, but neither has filed the paperwork yet. The deadline to submit petitions for the Nov. 5 race is Aug. 7.
Why they are running
Shubert 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 feedback from several hundred taxpayers as he considered running for office.
“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,” Shubert 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.”
Noting he is a fiscal conservative, Shubert said he wants to “make sure that we're getting value for the expenditures that we make.” He said transparency and accountability are “two very important issues to people right now.”
Basil said he would like to preserve the city’s character while also ensuring its long-term success.
“If re-elected as mayor, I will continue to act as an advocate for the long-term best interests of the community,” Basil said. “I will work with council to be proactive in addressing those interests, current needs and will continue to support community organizations that enhance our vibrant community. I also look forward to strengthening my existing relationships with leaders in Summit County, neighboring communities and across Northeast Ohio.”
Basil said he has participated in initiatives such as the First and Main project, the installation of a full-time economic development director, and a “near doubling” of the annual road budget for each of the past two years. Basil also formed a Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, a move he said was met with an “overwhelming positive response.”
“I look forward to continuing our work as the committee’s dynamic and passionate members provide significant input and make a lasting contribution to Hudson,” Basil added.
Basil said he backs “efforts to secure economic development appropriate for Hudson and [I] absolutely support our local merchants.”
Before he became mayor, Basil served on Hudson City Council for 10 1/2 years and was president from 2008 to 2013. He served on planning commission for five and a half years, two and a half as chair. Basil served as a member of various committees at the Hudson United Methodist Church, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson.
Basil graduated from Purdue University, received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and has practiced law for almost 40 years. He and his wife Deborah, also an attorney, have lived in Hudson for 25 years. Each of their two sons attended Hudson schools and are Hudson High School graduates.
Shubert has not served in an elected office before. He has been on the city’s Board of Tax Review since May 2017. 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.
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.
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