Candidate questionnaire: Amy Ritterbusch

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Amy RitterbuschPosition being sought: Select Board

Party affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Software and web analyst, Wellesley Public Schools

Education: B.A. from UMass-Amherst

Years lived in Hopkinton: 16

Governmental experience: Growth Study Committee (2019-present, chair), Planning Board (2017-present), Design Review Board (2016-present), Historic District Commission (2014-present, currently chair), Elmwood School Council community representative (2014-16), Hopkins School Council parent representative (2011-13)

Additional volunteer/service experience: eHop board member (2007-present), Girl Scout Troop 65040 (2010-present), Boy Scout Troop 1 (2011-19), Cub Scout Pack 26 (2008-13), Hopkinton Parent Teacher Association (2007-14), MOMS Club of Hopkinton (2005-07)

General statement: 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. It is important to have Select Board members with diverse backgrounds that better reflect the priorities of the town population as a whole, including all areas of town, lifelong residents and newcomers.

My husband, Tim, and I own a modest 140-year-old home in the center of Hopkinton and enjoy walking in the downtown area and on the trails. We have three children, a ninth-grader who walks to school and two HHS grads (2018 and 2020). I currently serve on the Planning Board, as chair of the Growth Study Committee and as chair of the Historic District Commission. I am a founding and current board member of eHop. I also volunteer with Girl Scout Troop 65040.

It is important to have Select Board members who are informed and actively engaged with the issues and the residents. My communications background, technical skills and research skills will be a good complement to the skill sets of the other board members. I work hard to stay on top of the issues in town and I will bring some balance and fresh perspective to the Select Board. I respectfully ask for your vote. Please stay safe and vote by mail by June 29.