Shortly after 5:00 PM today the Hopkinton Town Democratic Committee published a statement on their Facebook page announcing the resignation of their Chair, Darlene Hayes.
This came in the wake of a HopNews investigation that identified Ms. Hayes as having used more than 24 pseudonyms to make comments on HopNews and the Hopkinton Independent, many in the run-up to the May 15 School Committee election.
In addition to presiding over the HDTC, Ms. Hayes also serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Hopkinton Housing Authority and the Board of Directors for the Hopkinton Chamber of Commerce. She is a full voting member of the Community Preservation Committee and is one of four moderators of the Real Housewives of Hopkinton Facebook group, whose membership numbers more than 4,100 women.
The statement from Members of the Executive Committee of the Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee reads:
It was signed by Vice Chair Dick Duggan, Recording Secretary Ellen Rutter and Technology Secretary Amy Groves. Ironically it was a comment Ms. Groves left on an unrelated article that precipitated the investigation into Ms. Hayes’ online behavior.