- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)45
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)6
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)36
- Tanker truck catches fire near Oak Ridge (04/24/16)7
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
Cape County treasurer -- Roger Hudson
Name: Roger Hudson
Birth: July 8, 1953, Perryville, Mo.
Spouse, children: Elizabeth; Seth, 23, Zach, 21
Occupation: Cape Girardeau County Treasurer
Employer: People of Cape Girardeau County
Businesses owned: None
Public Office Held: Cape Girardeau County Treasurer, 2004-present
Past Political Campaign: Cape Girardeau County Treasurer, 2004.
Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the treasurer's office?
Answer: Currently, sales tax revenue is coming in lower than budgeted and possibly less than 2007, and interest rates are going down
Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?
Answer: I have a well-rounded work history including employment in state government, sales management and international marketing. In the export business I sold and collected multimillion dollar deals via international irrevocable letters of credit and bank-to-bank cash against documents transactions to the amount of more than $100 million. The organizational requirements of buying, selling, negotiating, shipping, and collecting these transactions were tremendous and well prepared me for anything.
Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?
Answer: Obviously, I already have four years' experience of on-the-job training for treasurer and have spent untold hours reading statutes and attending training and seminars to make me more effective. My life-long traits of honesty, good character and integrity are important issues for the voters to evaluate. The office handles about 34 million dollars a year.
Question 4: What key actions will you take as a financial manager to minimize the effect of the economic downturn on the county?
Answer: We have already realized that revenue is, at best, flat, and most departments are spending less than budgeted and to-date spending is well behind revenue. I will participate in the budget hearings with the commission and do my best to cut fat out of the budget and defer most new ways to spend taxpayer dollars. The county must learn to do "just as much" with less, and they will.
Question 5: What will you do to preserve the treasurer's integrity while in office?
Answer: I operate the treasurer's office as professionally as possible and welcome the public, press, and other county officers or workers to come discuss all concerns. I've found one of the best ways to make people feel good about what you are doing is to share the information that you have -- in my case, reports and spreadsheets on accounts, fund balances, sales tax, cost comparisons and projections. The treasurer's office is "now" the place where ideas start.