Candidate questionnaire: Joe Markey

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Joe MarkeyPosition being sought: School Committee

Party affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Dell Technologies strategy and operations consultant

Education: B.A. from University of Notre Dame, MBA from Boston University, executive certificate from MIT

Years lived in Hopkinton: 17

Governmental experience: Hopkinton Elementary School Building Committee chair (2013-20), Hopkinton Planning Board (member 2006-11, chair 2010-11), Town of Hopkinton Building Study Group (2011), Downtown Revitalization Committee (2009-10), Hopkinton Affordable Housing Committee (2007-08)

Additional volunteer/service experience: Hopkinton Basketball Association assistant coach (2019-20), Hopkinton Youth Soccer assistant coach (2018-19), Hopkinton Scouts BSA Troop 4 committee (2017-20), Hopkinton Cub Scouts BSA Pack 97 committee (2019-20), spokesperson, for Downtown Improvements Citizens Advocacy Group (2019), volunteer program manager for Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce 2020-Public Private Economic Development Partnership (2012-13), Hopkinton Public Library Foundation Board of Directors (2011-13), Hopkinton Education Foundation board (2004-06)

General statement: My name is Joe Markey and I am running for Hopkinton School Committee. Maintaining and improving the educational experience for our children and families, amidst continued community growth and facility planning and construction, will be the biggest issue facing our schools in the next 10 years.

As an experienced volunteer with various town and community groups, I have worked hard to build consensus and drive progress on some of our community’s most complex challenges, including development planning, Marathon School construction and downtown improvements. In doing so, I have enjoyed applying what I’ve learned about leadership, community engagement, communication and operational improvement from fellow volunteers and from over 30 years with leading global technology companies, including the past 21 years with EMC and Dell Technologies in Hopkinton.

My wife, Bernadette, and I moved to Hopkinton in 2003, prior to our first child being born. Julia will now be a senior at Hopkinton High School, and our sons Dawson and Sean are finishing eighth and second grade, respectively.

My family and I have experienced first-hand the excellent school system in Hopkinton, along with the challenges and opportunities. It would be an honor to serve our community by applying my experience and abilities to the service of our community and schools.

Please vote for Joe Markey, School Committee, in the election June 29, 2020.