Town Election Candidates Needed

Town Election Candidates Needed

Considering running for local office, but don’t know where to begin?

To become a candidate a person must either obtain and submit nomination papers by securing the signatures of 50 Hopkinton registered voters by Monday, April 1; or a person may qualify by being the top vote-getter in one of the town political party caucuses. The Democratic and Republican caucus dates have not been announced yet, but are typically in early April. Nomination signature papers are available from the Town Clerk’s office starting January 22, 2019. The Town Clerk’s office is on the 1st Floor of Town Hall, 18 Main St, Hopkinton MA 01748. Hours are M/W/Th 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Tu 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and F 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Click on the name of any elected office listed below to read more about it. 2019 Open Positions for Local Office


Board of Assessors, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

Board of Health, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

Board of Library Trustees, 3 Years, Vote for 2

  • Susan E Porter, Unenrolled (incumbent)
  • Michael McNamara, Unenrolled (incumbent)

Board of Selectmen, 3 Years, Vote for 2 – Contested Race

  • Mary Jo LaFreniere, Democrat
  • Claire Wright, Republican (incumbent)
  • Brendan Tedstone, Unenrolled (incumbent)

Cemetery Commissioners, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

Commissioners of Trust Funds, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

Constable, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

Housing Authority, 5 Years, Vote for 1

  • Warren Johnson, Unenrolled (incumbent)

Parks & Recreation Commission, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Cynthia S Esthimer, Democrat

Planning Board, 5 Years, Vote for 1

  • Gary B Trendel, Unenrolled (incumbent)

Planning Board, 2 Years, Vote for 1

  • Michael McNamara, Unenrolled

Planning Board, 1 Year, Vote for 1

  • Candidate Needed

School Committee, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Nancy M Richards-Cavanaugh, Unenrolled (incumbent)

Town Clerk, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Connor B Degan, Unenrolled (incumbent)

Town Moderator, 3 Years, Vote for 1

  • Thomas Garabedian, Republican (incumbent)

As we head into election season, eHop would like to remind our readers of our candidate endorsement policy:

The primary mission of eHop is community education on funding and policy issues pertaining to the Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts including the Hopkinton Public Schools. Hence, eHop will strive to provide voters with accurate and detailed information on candidates running for state and local office, with a focus on each candidate’s position on both town and school-related issues.

It is eHop policy not to endorse candidates for public office. eHop board members are at liberty, however, to endorse candidates independently.

When eHop collects information from candidates for voter education purposes, eHop may add editorial comments to clarify candidate claims or statements that eHop deems to be deceptive or misleading, or that require further explanation.

On our Blog/Website:

Any eHop Board Member running for elected office in a contested race will not write or edit any website posts regarding the office for which they are running, including but not limited to our annual Candidate Q&A.

On Facebook:

In addition, due to eHop policy not to endorse candidates for public office, any endorsements for specific candidates will be deleted from our Facebook page.

Candidates are welcome to email a candidate statement or a link to their campaign website, which we will be happy to post to our website along with info about all the other candidates. Please send to

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