I am running for election to the Castle Pines City Council because I want to continue to represent the independent views of our community’s citizens and to be the voice of the often-underserved conservative majority.
Castle Pines is at a crossroads. We stand precariously between overdevelopment and conservation, between reckless over-spending and wise fiscal responsibility, and between economic development and blight.
When Castle Pines incorporated, the city inherited poorly constructed roads that had far outlived their life expectancy. In addition, these 25+ year-old roads had been poorly maintained and due to growth, were exceeding usage by vehicle weight and trips per resident.
In other words, the newly formed city of Castle Pines on day one in 2009 was in the hole the rebuilding costs of the Castle Pines Parkway and several smaller arteries by at least $5 million. Obviously, funds that a brand-new city didn’t have.
Now in 2021, during my first term in office we have begun rebuilding these crumbling roads and have a plan to complete the job – WITHOUT BORROWING AND WITHOUT RAISING TAXES ON OUR CITIZENS. While others on city council, including the mayor, pushed for frivolous expenditures I and the conservative majority pushed every dollar back to rebuilding our roads.
Looking ahead towards my second term, I want to ensure that the rebuilding of these aged out dangerous roads is completed – under budget. I also wish to implement a funding stream plan so there will be money available to properly maintain the roads after they are rebuilt.
Click here to read more about the Castle Pines City Council's road maintenance priority in the Douglas County News-Press.
"Hudson, running for a second four-year term, said Castle Pines is currently at a crossroads, 'standing precariously between overdevelopment and conservation, between reckless over-spending and wise fiscal responsibility, and between economic development and blight.'"
Douglas County has historically been one of the safest communities in Colorado. Unfortunately, over the last two years we have begun to see a gradual shift as crime has begun to move from urban areas out into the suburbs. This has impacted our residents and concerns me greatly. I continue to have ongoing conversations with both our Douglas County Sheriff’s office and prosecutor to evaluate best practices.
As far as an increase in crime, inside the city limits is concerned, there is both good and bad news from my point of view. The bad news is we have seen an uptick in attempted vehicle break-ins. The good news is few are successful.
Obviously, that isn’t good enough – especially if you are one of the few who had your vehicle broken into. We have asked the Douglas County Sheriff to increase their patrols, especially during certain days of the week and hours of the day. We have also added license plate readers at the entrance and exits to our city so law enforcement can better track stolen vehicles.