District 4 candidate Hudson aims to try to fill Cole’s big shoes

CLARKSVILLE – With election 2018, a new face will replace a very familiar face at the District 4 seat at Sussex County Council’s round-table.

Clarksville resident Douglas Hudson is seeking that seat.

Mr. Hudson, 58, is one of three major party candidates hoping to succeed longtime councilman George Cole in coastal District 4, which encompasses Rehoboth Beach, Ocean View, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach.

Douglas Hudson

He’ll face off with former Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish of Millsboro in the Republican primary election Sept. 6. Paulette Rappa of Millsboro is the Democratic candidate for the 4th District council seat.

Mr. Cole, a Republican from Ocean View, is in his 32nd year on county council and is not seeking re-election.

“George Cole is a great county council person,” said Mr. Hudson. “I respect him a lot and I’ve known him forever. But he’s stepping down, and I think I can try to fill his shoes. They are big shoes to fill but I’ll try.”

Mr. Hudson currently serves on the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission – a five-member, council-appointed body that reviews and gives consideration toward subdivision applications and other land-use requests.

Mr. Hudson was nominated by Mr. Cole and appointed to the commission in 2016, filling the position held by 12-year commission member Rodney Smith, who resigned for health reasons.

“I enjoy public service,” said Mr. Hudson. “I was with state police for almost 27 years. I enjoy the planning and zoning commission very much. I just want to take a step and move up and do it.”

Mr. Hudson retired last year as a school safety monitor with the Indian River School District after a 27-year career with Delaware State Police.

He now works in real estate with Beachbound Realty, owned by District 5 county councilman Rob Arlett, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

This is his first attempt at elected office.

“I think my best asset is common sense … with responsible and smart growth,” said Mr. Hudson. “Obviously, some of the things that are percolating right now, the biggest thing you hear all of the time, that I hear in planning and zoning is traffic and the roadways, and the lack of infrastructure for the traffic,” said Mr. Hudson. “You hear about the traffic backups on Rt. 1, Rt. 54, Rt. 26 and Rt 24. That is the main things that I hear about traffic backup. And then density falls right in there with that as well.”

For several years he was with Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, serving as fire chief in 1986. “I want to get involved with Wounded Warriors project,” said Mr. Hudson. “That is one the things I definitely want to do.”

Mr. Hudson and his wife, Dr. Lou Ann Hudson, a longtime Indian River School District administrator who recently accepted a job in the Cape Henlopen School District, reside in the Clarksville area.

They have one son, Jake, a junior at West Virginia University.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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