Candidate questionnaire: Darlene Hayes

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Darlene HayesPosition being sought: Housing Authority

Party affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Community outreach coordinator with MyFM 101.3 — it’s fun and I focus on featuring local initiatives and events in our regional community that make our community so very special. In addition, I am also a private consultant who is contracted with organizations and entities to support development projects, client services, fundraising and event management.

Education: B.A. in economics and communications from Regis College, certifications as an event planner and meeting planner, currently in the 2020 class of Leadership MetroWest Academy

Years lived in Hopkinton: We moved to Hopkinton in November of 1995, we actually closed on our home the day after our honeymoon so this November with be our 25th anniversary and mark 25 years in Hopkinton. Previously I grew up in Ashland, so I have been a part of the regional community my entire life.

Governmental experience: Hopkinton Marathon Committee (10 years)

Additional volunteer/service experience: Currently a member of the Hopkinton Cultural Council serving as media liaison, previously have served as an elected library trustee and on the board of the Friends of the Hopkinton Seniors for several years

General statement: In 2013 and 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 realize this community needs greater advocacy for services.

I hope to be able to network and outreach within the regional community to serve these community neighbors with better enhancements through coordinating volunteer service projects, opportunities for better access to transportation and creating fun events. Many of these residents who reside within the residences of the Hopkinton Housing Authority first served us and our country. Supporting them and their neighborhood needs seems a good way to give back to this community.