Howard Hudson

by Yes Weekly Election Coverage

Residential address: 470 N. Avalon Road, 27104

Incumbent or challenger? Challenger

Age: 68

Campaign website or blog: None

Occupation and employer: Retired associate generalcounsel, BB&T

Previous elective experience(including election campaigns): None

Civic and volunteerexperience (including service on local government commissions and boards): Citizens’ Baseball ReviewCommittee, 2009; active member, St. Leo Catholic Church; Kiwanis Club (past) andRotary Club (past)

Education (highest degreeattained and name of institution): JD, Wake Forest School of Law

Party registration: Republican

Where were you born? Dunn

What year did you move to Winston-Salem?1997

Paid consultants working oncampaign: [Incomplete]

Campaign manager: None

Treasurer: Self

Articles about thiscandidate:

• Urban circulator, jobs and regional competition mark fault lines between candidates (link)’ 

• A primary challenge in a quiet ward (link)’ 

• Winston-Salem City Council candidates in tight primaries come out swinging (link)

• Winston-Salem primary races shape up in East and West wards (link)’ 

• West Ward challenger sets up a Republican primary (link)’ 

The majority of Winston-Salem City Council declined tointervene in Kalvin Michael Smith’s federal petition for a new trial althoughcitizens have requested that the city take responsibility for a flawed policeinvestigation that arguably undermined the judicial process leading to Smith’sconviction in the brutal beating of Jill Marker. What is your position on thismatter? Court cases and the verdict or judgment rendered in any given case are notproper matters for city council action.’ If citizens believe aninvestigation is flawed or justice circumvented, they should discuss the matterwith the lawyers involved in the case.’ Under our system of laws andjudicial process, errors of substantial fact and/or law are reviewed byappellate courts, not by city councils acting as advocate, judge and jury. Doyou support the proposed Urban Circulator (streetcar or enhanced bus) thatwould connect Baptist Hospital and East Winston through downtown? Pleaseexplain why or why not. No.’ A $179 million streetcar system covering four miles is a frivolousexpenditure of hard earned tax dollars, and the city analysis supporting theproposed plan is economic and political tomfoolery. ‘  Citycouncil has focused on revitalizing downtown over the past 10 years, most recentlyapproving the first entertainment district in the city. Should the citycontinue to promote intensification of shared commercial and residential usesin downtown or slow growth to protect existing businesses and homeowners?

I support establishment of the “entertainmentdistrict.”’ Most cities with a vibrant and growing downtown have areasdesignated for entertainment.’ Winston-Salem is a little late to the dancein this regard and finds itself closely surrounded by residentialneighborhoods, churches and businesses that may be adversely affected by noise,lights and throngs of people.’ It’s important, therefore, that appropriateordinances governing the “entertainment district” be promulgated and enforcedfor the benefit of all. Whiledowntown is vibrant and beautiful, areas to the immediate north and east areuninviting, underdeveloped and lacking in pedestrian-scale retail amenities.What, if anything, should be done to extend the vitality of downtown intooutlying areas? Economic development grants and loans properly evaluated and made with care todeserving citizens, who present solid business plans and seek to improve theirneighborhoods, are a proper function of city government.’ In addition,federal agencies such as the Small Business Administration make financingavailable to new and expanding small businesses.’ None of these sources area guarantee of success — it takes hard work, perseverance and a communitywilling to patronize neighborhood businesses and amenities to create a thrivingcommunity. Whatrole should city council play in the Business 40 improvement project, includingrecommendations for traffic alignment through downtown when the project iscompleted? The city council should carefully review the city planning department’srecommendations pertaining to traffic flow downtown and its likely impact onbusinesses and residents, who will be directly affected by any re-alignmentfollowing completion of the Business 40 project.’ If necessary, changesshould be recommended. Whatis your position on the use of incentives to promote economic development? Ifyou support incentives, why? If not, what other tools does city government havefor promoting job growth? To incentivize or not to incentivize when the whole world is competing for thesame business and jobs opportunity?’ Incentives are like fire — it heatsand burns at the same time.’ Properly structured incentives to attract new business, with strong, enforceableclaw-back provisions, backed by security or letters of credit in the event ofdefault, are an acceptable business risk and investment.’ Incentivesrequested by existing, profitable companies anchored in the community fordecades, on the premise that moving to another city is an open option, shouldbe shown the door — it’s simply greed and demonstrates the lack of loyalty ofthat business to its community and employees. New business and existing business will be attracted to Winston-Salem if the city keeps its municipal taxesand fees low and reasonable, and, the city maintains and improves itsinfrastructure through very smart planning.’ In addition, Winston-Salem haswonderful existing assets that are magnets to new and existing businesses: twogrowing universities, a venerable college and a strong, expanding communitycollege, two great regional hospitals, a super regional bank headquarters and anational bank center, and national manufacturing facilities, among others. Successin Winston-Salem breeds future success. Whatis your proudest achievement? ‘ ‘ 

Generally, serving others in the practice of lawfor 37 years and, more specifically, serving as general counsel of UnitedCarolina Bank. What’syour favorite way to unwind in Winston-Salem?

Sharing a good meal and glass of wine withfamily and friends in any of our great restaurants.