Hudson -- Among the four candidates seeking the three at-large seats for City Council in the Nov. 5 election, one is new to politics and the lone female -- Sarah Margaret Hulburt.
Hulburt, 28, graduated from Hudson High School in 2004, where she was the founding sports editor of the Explorer newspaper, guest-writer for the Cleveland Browns, member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, district qualifier on a state-ranked swim team, and female champion of the Hudson High School weight room bench press (225 lbs.); a record that remains intact. She also won a generous financial award from the Kiwanis Club of Hudson, one of the longest-standing community civic organizations.
"My parents, teachers, coaches and many wonderful mentors imbued a lifetime gift by raising me in Hudson," said Hulburt. "And, from my peers, I learned the essence of healthy competition in academics and athletics."
Hulburt graduated from Kent State University two-years after high school with a bachelor's degree in political science, summa cum laude, and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honorary Society. Hulburt wrote for the Daily Kent Stater newspaper as the lead sports reporter, covering the Golden Flashes' football and wrestling teams.
"I saw a world of wildly interesting people, ideas and scholarship from a young age," Hulburt said.
Hulburt stayed committed to regional education, attending the University of Akron School of Law. She passed the Bar Examination in 2009 and became the youngest lawyer in Ohio. At Akron, she exercised her remaining NCAA athletic eligibility by joining the Division I swim team; the first law student in school history.
"I treated swimming and becoming a lawyer the same way: race to the wall as fast and as hard as you can," said Hulburt. "Then, look at the clock to see if you won."
This mentality saw Hulburt open her own law practice and in 2011, she became advisor for Hudson Mock Trial, resulting in the donation of $100,000 in pro-bono hours to the Hudson schools.
"The distinguishing feature of a representative democracy is its balance of representative power," said Hulburt. "As City Council is devoid of women, it is fundamentally imbalanced to lack the 51 percent of females who comprise the Hudson constituency."
Above all, Hulburt hopes to serve the community that taught her the essence of attentive citizenry.
"When you find something at a young age that you enjoy and love, invest over a lifetime your talents and passion to make it that much better."
The other Council-at-large candidates certified by the Board of Elections are Hal DeSaussure, Dan Williams and Bill Wooldredge.
A Meet the Candidates event is scheduled for Oct. 15 at Laurel Lake Retirement Community.