(Lander, Wyo.) – Wendell “Dick” Hudson won his candidacy for Lander City Council Ward 3 in August’s primary election by earning the most write-in votes.
“I didn’t start out to be a write-in,” he clarified.
While he and his wife hashed out whether he would put his name in the hat, the filing deadline passed. Eventually, they decided he should run and at that point it had to be as a write-in.
Ultimately, Hudson earned 65 votes. He is running against incumbent Linda Barton, who received 572 votes, or 69 percent. There were no other candidates on the ballot.
“I worked 31 years for the City of Lander,” he said, most of which were spent running Mount Hope Cemetery.
Hudson, 65, knew by the time of his retirement he wanted to join the council’s leadership.
“It frustrated me that council people never came to ask me any questions,” Hudson said.
He wants to see the city address some employment issues, including the fact that he believes Public Works Director Mickey Simmons is serving not only as the leader of several departments but also as the city’s engineer.
“Mickey’s doing a great job as city engineer,” he said.
Hudson thinks councilors should be a little more hands-on when it comes to what’s going on in some of the city’s departments.
Overall, Hudson doesn’t have any major qualms with the council, saying they’re doing “a great job.”
However, “If they’re still working, they don’t have the time to do a perfect job,” he said.
Hudson is in support of the Parks and Recreation Department’s greenway and skateboard park initiatives.
“These are things that touch kids,” he said.
He is also in favor of the optional 1 percent sales tax and has done some volunteering with the committee that is promoting the ballot initiative.
“We all use the streets of Lander,” Hudson said, including rural residents, “whether they like it or not.”
Hudson is a proponent of planning, noting he created a 20-year plan for the cemetery and had most of it done by the time he retired.
When it comes to issues the council has faced recently, Hudson said he would have voted with the council on the preferred rodeo grounds relocation site and with the One Shot decision to allow the catering permit at Lander Middle School.
With regard to city projects affecting residents, Hudson pointed to communication as being key. He was displeased when years back the community garden went in on Amoretti Street and nearby neighbors were not notified.