Long-time Hutsonville Mayor Bernie Gray will not seek re-election in April.
The Village of Hutsonville's Progressive Party conducted its caucus Monday night to nominate candidates for the office of village president and trustee. For the first time in nearly 40 years, Gray was not nominated for the office of village president. Instead, his daughter, Tina Gray Callaway, accepted the nomination. Callaway has been the village clerk for a number of years.
Gray first took office in April 1973. When his term expires in April, he will have served the community of Hutsonville for 40 years.
Gray has worked hard to keep the village a clean and safe place to live. He was often seen stopping his car and picking up trash on a street corner and kept a small weed cutter handy for trimming around signs.
During his tenure, the village and Chamber of Commerce worked together to demo and clean up several uninhabitable homes and dilapidated and vacant commercial buildings around town. They built a new sewer treatment plant, a community center, provided the matching funding for the community fitness center as part of the high school building project, attracted Lexel to town and the egg factory before it burnt. Gray has been a fiscal steward and made past investment choices that have allowed the village to own and operate its own wastewater and water supply systems, provide a police department and paved nearly every street in town.
Gray has dedicated 40 years of his life to making Hutsonville a place that he was proud to call home. During that time he has never taken any pay for performing the duties as village president.
Three trustee seats are also up for re-election, Monte Newlin, Les Leighty and Jason Chipman. All three have agree to run for another four year term and were elected by the caucus as candidates.
Anyone wishing to run for the office of village president or trustee can do so by completing the filing requirements and submitting them.
The Hutsonville Township Republican caucus is at 6 tonight at the village hall and the Democrat caucus will be held in the township hall at 8 p.m. Up for nomination are township supervisor, road commissioner, township clerk and four trustee positions.
Residents may only participate in one party caucus for this election.
A number of other caucus are being held around the county for the April 9 General Election.
Municipal, township and school board positions will be on the ballot.
Candidates must file with their local election officials to be placed on the ballot.
The filing period begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, and ends on Christmas Eve.