It’s been a busy year for Republican Don Hodson. Since announcing Nov. 4, 2009, that he would run for Washington Township trustee, he’s been working on his campaign.
That paid off Tuesday, as he took more than 80 percent of the vote.
”It has been a long year, but a good one,” Hodson said. “I’ve met many new friends. I really appreciate the support of the voters and of my kids and family.”
Hodson defeated Ronnie Austin in the primary and then Libertarian Todd Singer on Tuesday.
Hodson said he’s entering the office with one goal.
”I’ve made a promise to leave the township better than the way I found it,” he said.
In addition, Hodson said that he will keep his promise from the primary to appoint a commission study group to find ways to “be more cost effective” in the township. He said that the group will be appointed in the next week. He will also stand by his promise to lower his salary as trustee to $25,800 next year. However, due to rules, the township board members are not able to take their pay cut next year, but will the following, he said.
Hodson will be joined by board members Doug Elmore, Suzanne Conger, and Michael Lynch.
”I’m very excited (to be working with that trio),” Hodson said. “They’re all great minds and they bring diversity. It will not be a rubber stamp board. They are each individual thinking, but we will work very closely.”
The three beat out Democrat Adam Kilbride, who said he has enjoyed the campaign experience.
”It has been a very positive experience,” Kilbride said. “I’ve been excited to get out and meet a lot of people out here in the community. It’s been really energizing. It’s good to give people a choice on the ballot. I think that brings a whole lot of freshness to the whole political process here in our community.”