Hudson's Janet Winkler to make history as town's first female mayor

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 07:36 AM

In Hudson, one candidate is running for mayor: Janet Winkler, who currently serves on the town’s board of commissioners. Current mayor Bill Beane is not running for re-election. If elected, Winkler would be the town's first female mayor.

Three candidates are running for three seats on the board of commissioners. Two are incumbents; commissioner Skip Downs will not run for re-election.

Janet Winkler, 66, has been a Hudson town commissioner since 1999. Prior to that, she served on the town’s planning board and board of adjustment.

Winkler said the town faces the same issues as all municipalities: reduced funding and increased mandates from other sources. She said elected officials need to be resourceful in searching for revenue options.

“I love the Town of Hudson, and I love the people of Hudson,” Winkler said. “I want the very best for both.”

Winkler is retired from a career in banking and is president of the Altrusa Club of Caldwell County, treasurer of the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, secretary for Caldwell County Hospice and a member of the First Baptist Church of Hudson.

Tony D. Colvard, 61, has been a Hudson town commissioner since 2009. Until 1997, he was Hudson’s chief of police.

Colvard said when he was first elected, the biggest issue the town faced was the general economy, including reductions in tax revenue as industries departed. Now that the country is climbing out of the recession, the largest problem is potential changes to the tax structure by the state legislature and risks to municipal revenue, he said.

“We’re still facing a lot of uncertainty when it comes to our revenue,” Colvard said. “We’re going to have to continue to look at the revenue question and try to keep our taxes as low as possible while maintaining the service that people expect.”

Colvard is chairman of the town’s police committee and has served as a Caldwell County commissioner. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran who received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a U.S. Army commendation medal and two Purple Hearts.

David Irvin, 65, has not previously served in a local elected office.

He said he has lived in Hudson for 27 years, loves the town and wants to see it prosper. He said he’s satisfied with how the town has handled the issues coming its way so far, and that he sees revenue as the biggest issue facing the town.

“I just want to do my civic duty and support the town and do my part – help where I can,” Irvin said.

Irvin is retired and a member of the Hudson Community Development Association and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Carl B. Wagner, 82, has been a Hudson town commissioner since 1989.

He said the most important issues facing Hudson relate to its economy, from unemployment to foreclosed homes. He said he would like to work toward growing the town’s fund balance and helping residents find employment opportunities.

“I found that Hudson was a very congenial place,” Wagner said, discussing his initial decision to run years ago. “The board always seemed to work for the best interest of Hudson. I enjoy the people I work with and enjoy the work for Hudson.”

Wagner is retired and is a member of the Lions Club and Hudson United Methodist Church, and treasurer of the Hudson Community Development Association.