Hudson Mayor Dave Basil has announced his intention to seek a second term.
Hudson elected Basil as its 49th mayor in 2015. He previously served on City Council for 10 and a half years and was Council president from 2008 to 2013, the maximum number of consecutive terms permitted by Hudson’s Charter. Prior to his service on Council, Basil was a member of the Hudson Planning Commission for five and a half years, with two and a half as chair of the commission.
"Hudson is an amazing community built on incredible volunteer spirit and is our home," Basil said. "We must preserve Hudson’s character while looking to its future. If re-elected as mayor, I will continue to act as an advocate for the long term best interests of the community. 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."
Mayor Basil commented that his service to Hudson has included participation in and leadership on many significant initiatives, including First and Main, the establishment of a full-time economic development director and re-focusing energy on infrastructure as a priority, including a near doubling of the annual road budget for each of the past two years.
"I am particularly pleased by the overwhelming positive response to my decision to form a Mayor’s Senior Citizen Advisory Committee. 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."
"I believe the collaboration of community leaders on issues is critical," Basil continued. "The city and the school Board have a very good and solid relationship stemming from positive leadership on both bodies."
In addition to his city activities, Basil has been active in the Hudson United Methodist Church as a member of various committees including Trustees, Finance, Staff Parish Relations and Nominations. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Hudson, has served on its Board and was its 2016-17 president.
Basil graduated from Purdue University, received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and has been actively engaged in the practice of law for almost 40 years. He and his wife Deborah, also an attorney, have lived in Hudson for 25 years.
Deborah was an active member of the Akron Children’s Hospital Parents Advisory Council for many years and volunteers with Destination Hudson. Each of their two sons attended Hudson schools and are graduates of Hudson High School.