From Waiter to Mayor

Just a few short years ago, you could have found me serving breakfast at Penn's Table. There was even a chance I may have waited on you.

Every day, I met people from all walks of West Chester life. It was where I came up with the idea to build a "time machine" and began working with the Chester County Historical Society (more on that later). It was also during that time I decided I wanted to expand my filmmaking and storytelling skills and to give radio a shot at WCHE.

Three years ago, when freelance work had all but dried up outside of the wedding season, I lost my second job. I fell on hard times. I had the feeling that no matter how hard I worked, I was still sliding backward.

Then – no joke – I made it onto a TV game show and won a lot of money. My life changed completely. Knowing that I received the opportunity of a lifetime – no, 10,000 lifetimes – I took my winnings and invested in myself and my community.

I used the money I won, plus $10,000 I received from UPenn, to build Time Machine Tours, a free iOS app that displays historical photos where they were taken, allowing users to look into the past. It was based on the Chester County Time Machine, a project I started with the Chester County Historical Society – eight QR codes displayed in local businesses' windows – in 2012. Today, there are over 200 locations all across the country.

I work closely with members of our Mexican community and helped co-found the West Chester Cinco De Mayo Festival, now going on its third year. It has brought together hundreds of people for a family-friendly celebration of the holiday. 

You'll also find me on the Melton Center’s #pooltogether committee to help raise funds to refurbish the Borough’s first and only public swimming pool. In addition to the Melton Center, I’ve taught many organizations and local business owners how to tell and promote their story through social media. 

I have always had a knack for storytelling, having spent the last 12 years as a filmmaker, storyteller, and radio producer. At WCHE, I worked my way up from being an intern to running the boards for local radio hosts, and finally to producing my show, now going on its fourth year. Nowadays, I also own a marketing consulting business where I help local companies and organizations share their stories.

Bringing people together is what I'm all about, and that is why I am running for Mayor of West Chester. I know firsthand how hard this economy can be. I want to give a voice to people who normally don't get a seat at the table. 

While I have lived in many places, West Chester is the only place that I’ve called home. I love West Chester and will work hard to make it flourish. In these divisive times, we need a leader who can bring people together. With your help, we can work to build a community as one.

Thank you for your time and support. I look forward to the opportunity to earn your vote.

- Kyle Hudson