Democratic primary pits newcomer against incumbent for city treasurer
Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Hudson Democrats go to the polls on June 22, to choose between incumbent Heather Campbell and newcomer Michael Hofmann as the party's candidate in the November general election for City Treasurer. Campbell, 57, has served as treasurer since 2014. She previously worked in the private sector. Campbell represented residents through the city’s first bond issues, fiscal changes and the pandemic, making sure taxpayer dollars are used responsibly and the city has financial transparency, she said. Her staff eliminated tens of thousands of dollars in annual outside accounting fees and cleaned up the city’s general ledger system, she said. Campbell also created the city’s fund balance policy. She claims to have no agenda other than advocating for the fiscal soundness of the city and believes any chief financial officer should be politically neutral. Challenger Hofmann, 30, is the Development Operations Manager at the Fisher Center at Bard, a fundraising role that focuses on data management and analysis, donor communications, board relations, grant administration, research and contributed income accounting. He is also a freelance graphic designer, opera stage director and manager, activist and musician. “I am running for office because I truly believe Hudson needs young, thoughtful, creative, empathic, justice-oriented and hard-working people to take leadership roles in government,” he said. The top issue of housing displacement stems from systemic racism, and the city must identify and solve unequal access to food, health care, education, housing and jobs, he said. Hudson’s financial leader needs to be an active partner in dismantling systemic racism in order to be an effective representative, he said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.