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Amy Ritterbusch - Candidate Statement for Select Board - 2020 Election

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My name is Amy Ritterbusch and I am running in a contested race for a seat on the Hopkinton
Select Board. I am a hard worker, I do my research and I have a long history of involvement
with the town and schools. This is a critical time for Hopkinton due to the rapid growth and
development we continue to experience, as well as the new issues facing the town now due to
COVID-19. I don’t have all the answers, but I believe it is important to have Select Board
members with diverse backgrounds that better reflect the priorities of the town population as a

COVID-19 Updates & Precautions June 2, 2020 update

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Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here: https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com/

Candidate Statement: Darlene Hayes for Hopkinton Housing Authority

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I decided to run for a seat on the Hopkinton Housing Authority Board and hope you will consider voting for me. I have been a resident of Hopkinton since 1995 who has previously served on the Friends of the Seniors for several years and as a Library Trustee.

In 2013 & 2014, I became more associated with the needs for greater community support at the Housing Authority when my son did his Eagle Scout project there. Since then, I have gotten to know several of the residents and realized this community needs greater advocacy for services.

Candidate Statement: Lya Batlle-Rafferty for School Committee

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My name is Lya Batlle-Rafferty and I am running for School Committee.

In our current climate of growth in the school system, budget expansion, and enrollment projection challenges, I believe that the ideal candidate is one who has prior experience with school boards as well as data analysis and financial management.

Candidate Statement: Jane Moran for Planning Board

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My name is Jane Moran and I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Hopkinton Planning Board as an (U) unenrolled candidate.

I moved to Hopkinton in the 1970’s when the population was around 8,000 citizens and it wasn’t long before I was volunteering in leadership roles in my children’s activities: (H)PTA, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Boy Scouts to name a few. It was easy to realize even then that Hopkinton was and continues to be a high-quality community because of the outstanding quality of its volunteers. Now we are close to 18,000 residents and still growing.

Editorial: Endorsing John Coutinho for Select Board

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Dear fellow neighbors of Hopkinton,

I write this letter in support of John Coutinho for re-election to the Hopkinton Select Board. In the unknown financial situation that we are sure to face John brings his knowledge, experience and creativity to assist the town in weathering the storm.

Editorial: Endorsing Lya Battlle-Rafferty for Hopkinton School Committee

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I would like to express my support for my friend Lya Batlle-Rafferty for the Hopkinton School
Committee.

Editorial: Endorsing Joe Markey for School Committee

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To the Editor,

I am wholeheartedly endorsing Joe Markey for one of the three open School Committee positions in the upcoming Hopkinton town election.

I feel confident to speak of the high regard in which Joe is held in town, having been a friend of Joe’s and the Markey family for over 10 years.

Editorial: Endorsing Amy Ritterbusch for Select Board

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In 2017, I was a new voter to the town of Hopkinton and was looking for information to learn about town issues and elections. That is when I came across Amy's contribution to ehop.org and eventually got to know her personally in 2018 when I decided to volunteer for the organization. Her thorough and in-depth knowledge as well as breadth of information has been of tremendous help to so many new and old-timers in Hopkinton. I have worked with Amy closely since 2018 while volunteering for eHop and also as a fellow Board member of eHop.

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