Community Forum: "Learn More about your District Candidates"
Learn more about your District Candidates!
Hudson Chamber members and the community at large are invited to join us for an evening to learn more about the Hudson Common Council Candidates. Moderated by Meg Heaton, former reporter with the Hudson Star Observer, the forum will showcase candidates from Districts 1, 5 and 6 and will give everyone the opportunity to learn more about who will be on the ballot.
The moderator will have a set of questions prepared for the candidates’ response. If time allows, we will also take questions from the audience.
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Online Zoom Platform
RSVP: Please register your attendance by February 17, 2021 online or by calling 715.386.8411
Cost: Free Admission
“Randy Morrissette was born and raised in Hudson and is a long-time community leader, serving on the City Council for 15 years. He has a commonsense approach to leadership and helped guide the City through tremendous and wonderful growth. The very growth many people have moved here to call Hudson their home! It is with great pride that the city continues to attract great business, small and big. Therefore, he wants to continue to serve. He wants to continue to provide a safe and prosperous community, all without losing Hudson’s small-town character. Randy wants to continue to provide exceptional services, Police, Fire and EMS; continue improvements with our infrastructures (roads, wastewater treatment, water service, park improvements); and all with keeping a conservative fiscal responsibility on our taxpayer’s dollars.
Randy has held numerous leadership and membership roles with organizations including the Hudson Chamber, Rod & Gun Club, Boosters, Rotary, Judicial Conduct Advisory Board, Condemnation Board and Park Board. He says: “I want to continue to serve. I want to continue to provide a safe and prosperous community, all without losing Hudson’s small-town character.”
“After a successful career in financial services with Securian Financial, Kerry has recommitted to spending her time and energy serving the community of Hudson. Her decades of experience in strategy, finance, and communications give her the knowledge and tools to help serve in local leadership.
“Kerry’s family, children and grandchildren are her top personal priorities. She cares deeply about their future and the future of all children. Both her adult children call Hudson home. A lifelong resident of the St. Croix Valley, Kerry has lived in Hudson for more than a decade.
“Kerry is passionate about making the community of Hudson a great place for everyone. The people of the district and throughout Hudson deserve:
- Experienced leadership in building for the future
- A mature leader who listens and is open to new ideas
- A fresh approach to addressing finances
“Kerry has served on many community organizations including the Hudson Rotary, YMCA Community Board, Climate Lobby, Inclusion Alliance, Townhouse Association and United Way. She says: “I am a proven leader, with a track record of community service and business success.”
“Sarah Bruch is a founder and co-owner of The Purple Tree, a local business operating in historic downtown Hudson for more than 15 years. As a resident of Hudson for even longer, her entrepreneurial perspective was enhanced by a business background in corporate banking, retail, and human resource management.
“The Purple Tree, under her leadership, became one of Wisconsin's first Public Benefit Corporations.
“Bruch is active with the Hudson, Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Independent Business Association, Sustain Hudson and is a past board member with St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity and Hudson Hockey Association.”
“Tori Boomsma and her family have been residents in the Hudson area for 22 years and residents of the City of Hudson for over 10 years. She and her husband have two boys who attend Hudson High School.
“Tori is excited about the prospect of serving her community on the City Council. She spent four years on the board of the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association and is currently the Assistant Director of the Octagon House Museum.
“Hudson was her home when she was young. She moved back in 1998 because she knows this area has the values she wants to instill in her children as well.
“Her primary goal is to lead from the standpoint of bringing our community together. She will lead to keep our City’s small town feel but allow it to grow and be prosperous so all of our residents can thrive. She pledges to help keep our river beautiful and clean, make sure our residents are protected, ensure our city services are properly funded and work with our county to make sure our library is fully funded.”
“In 2015, Joyce was first elected to the City Council to represent District 6 and has been reelected in 2017 and 2019. Twice she has been elected Council President by the other council members.
Currently, she serves on the Finance Committee, the Public Safety Committee, the Public Utilities Commission, and the Hudson/North Hudson Cable Board. Previously, as a member of the council, she has also served on the Library Board, the Park Board, and as the liaison between the city and the Hudson School District.
“She’s been married for 37 years and is a mom, grandmother, business owner, teacher, and community leader. She owns and runs a small business and has been in business for 25 years. She has worked as a research chemist at 3M and currently as a technical college instructor at WITC.
“Joyce is a member of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary where she is chair of the Sunshine Committee. She recently served WestCAP as a member of their Literacy Advisory Council and as a volunteer literacy tutor. She has also volunteered and served as a Girl Scout Leader and religious education teacher when her children were younger.”
“Julie Heifner and her family are 20-year residents of Hudson. Julie and her husband researched towns in Minnesota and Wisconsin, discovered Hudson, and knew this is where they wanted to live their lives, and raise their children.
“As parents, Julie and her husband wanted to live in a clean, safe community, where neighbors know and watch out for neighbors, where police are valued, funded and respected. Julie now wants to give back and serve our city.”
“Julie is an active Commercial and Residential Realtor. She serves the community as an active member of the Board of Appeals and the Hudson Daybreak Rotary – volunteering her time and resources to create a better community for all residents.
“She listens to others with respect and finds common ground where all sides can stand together. She loves and deeply cares about this community, its businesses, residents, and public servants.
“Hudson is growing so rapidly. It’s crucial that we manage that growth with common. I am a creative problem solver and an effective, passionate, committed advocate for those I represent. I will bring new ideas, a fresh perspective, civil dialog, and a strong, positive voice to the council table.”
PLEASE RSVP by February 16, 2021
Cost: Free Admission