Opinion

Editorial: Endorsing Shahidul Mannan for Select Board

By contributor,

I have known Shahidul Mannan for a number of years and whole heartedly endorse him for our Select Board. As a very engaged citizen of our town, he brings the experience, both from his town engagement and professional expertise to our budget, strategic planning and applied town knowledge. Shahidul adds value to the current board. However, I also want to focus on Shahidul’s lesser known or recognized expertise and strengths that can be a great asset for the board.

Candidate Statement: Shahidul Mannan for Select Board

By contributor,

1. Name
Shahidul Mannan
2. Position being sought
Select Board
3. Party affiliation, if any
Democrat
4. Occupation
Head of Data Engineering & Innovation, Mass General Brigham
Co Founder MBS Analytics
5. Education
MBA, Zicklin School of Business, NYC
MIT, Executive Education
MIT, Social Analytics
NYU, Database Management
Tuck Innovation & Acceleration, The Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth
Bachelor of Engineering, BUET
6. Years lived in Hopkinton
10 Years

Editorial: Endorsing Shahidul Mannan for Select Board

By contributor,

Shahidul Mannan's experiences with both big data and town finances make him an ideal candidate for Select Board.

His position on the appropriations committee means he spent years learning and subsequently supporting the fiduciary responsibility of the town, a key need within the Select Board. He tempers that with compassion and understanding. He has a friendly, even disposition, something that is required when dealing with so many diverse groups and needs within the town.

Editorial: Endorsing Shahidul Mannan for Select Board

By contributor,

I am writing to express my support for Shahidul Mannan and his efforts to be elected as Select Board member. Shahidul has spent the last few years giving back to the community, and tirelessly volunteering in town. His time on the growth study committee and appropriation committee has brought value to the residents of Hopkinton. The town is lucky to have a talented pool of candidates like Shahidul. I wish him and his family the best on election day. I ask the residents of Hopkinton to support Shahidul Mannan on May 16.
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> Amman Haidri

Editorial: Endorsing Shahidul Mannan for Select Board

By contributor,

I am pleased to offer my endorsement for Shahidul Mannan for Select Board.

Ever since I have known him, I have seen the commitment and passion he has for this town. He has been an extraordinary leader, advocate, and a friend to all here in Hopkinton. He has always held high standards and has made educated decisions that are in the best interest of the town. I can be assured that Hopkinton will be in great hands with Shahidul's leadership.

Thank you for all that you do. Election matters so please join me in electing Shahidul Mannan for Select Board.

Julia Mathai

Editorial: Endorsing Mary Jo LaFreniere for Select Board

By contributor,

Mary Jo LaFreniere served as district coordinator in my senate office, representing Hopkinton for 10 years. During that time she exhibited, exquisitely, all the leadership qualities needed to be one of Hopkinton's most effective Select Board members ever: She is organized, committed, energetic, intelligent, collaborative and enormously personable, even in stressful situations. Her "marathon" service to Hopkinton is legendary. Throughout all the challenging situations she faced as the senate district director, she was always friendly, collaborative and professional.

Editorial: Endorsing Mary Jo LaFreniere for Select Board

By contributor,

It is with great pleasure that I endorse Mary Jo LaFreniere for re-election to one of the two Hopkinton Select Board seats.

Although I do not customarily endorse candidates, I make an exception here because of a long and enduring personal connection. I have known and respected Mary Jo for over 20 years. In fact, she was one of the people who inspired me to run for State Senator.

Editorial: Endorsing Holly Morand for School Committee

By contributor,

I write to ask you to join me in voting for Holly Morand for School Committee on May 16th. Our community has the rare opportunity to fill three seats on this critical board and our choice for the two-year seat could not be more important. Our choice cannot be a one issue candidate. Rather, we need a candidate who can help our community continue to emerge from a once in a lifetime pandemic and help shepherd our Schools into the future.