Hoyt running for Adams Select Board

Has been serving on multiple town boards for a decade

ADAMS - Christine Hoyt chose to move to town about 10 years ago. Since then she's toiled in a number of town committees and campaigns.

Now she's choosing to run for a seat on the Adams Select Board.

"I've been involved in the Economic Development Commission, on the Youth Center Board, and worked on the town strategic plan," she said Thursday. "So this feels like a natural next step in really rolling up my sleeves to get the work done."

Hoyt said it would be advantageous to have a fresh perspective on the board. After researching the topic, she said there have been five women who served on the board in the past, and it has been four years since a woman was on the Select Board.

"I am not a native of Adams. My husband and I chose to move here," Hoyt said. "So I would bring an outside perspective. And it's not lost on me that I would be the only woman on the board. Add to that my career in higher education, and you will see that I would bring a different view to the table."

One main focus for her, she noted, would be the economic vibrancy of the downtown.

"That's what I'd like to focus on," she said. "And I don't just mean Park Street. I mean Summer Street, too. People in town are really looking for something to happen with those two streets. It came up quite a lot at the strategic planning sessions."

Hoyt announced her candidacy Thursday morning at town hall.

She has served on the board of directors of the Youth Center in Adams since 2008, serving as board chairperson for nearly seven years. She is also a graduate of the Berkshire Leadership Program and currently serves on its steering committee.

Hoyt is also a member of the Pro Adams board, a Town Meeting member and a representative of the Economic Development Commission. Hoyt, a graduate of Ithaca College, began her career there as assistant director of operations in student services, before working at Herkimer County Community College as assistant to the president and an adjunct instructor.

Since moving to the Berkshires in 2006, she has worked at MCLA, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and presently, Berkshire Community College. In her current role, Hoyt works in the community engagement, education and workforce development department at the school.

"As a member of Adams' leadership, I will continue to listen and seek balanced, sensible solutions for taxpayers," she said. "I care deeply about supporting local businesses and a vibrant downtown, education and programming for our town's youth, and providing resources to our seniors."

The Adams election is scheduled for May 1. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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