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I am seeking re-election to a second four-year term on the Westerly School Committee.

I was elected in 2016 after garnering the highest number of votes among my fellow candidates. In early 2020 I was elected unanimously by my fellow School Committee members to serve as the School Committee’s chairwoman.

Prior to that, I served for three years as co-chairwoman of the former School Building Committee and serve as a member of the current Building Committee.

I am a proud graduate of Westerly High School and have a son and two stepdaughters who are all students at Westerly Middle School.

I hold a bachelor of arts degree in English from Providence College and a master of arts in communications from Emerson College. For my day job, I am the marketing and communications coordinator for Westerly Hospital.

During my tenure on the School Committee, I have demonstrated steady leadership as a committee member, co-chairwoman of the Building Committee and currently as the leader of the School Committee.

I welcome input from the public and I listen to and respect the viewpoints and strengths of all of my colleagues. While we don’t always agree, we now work as a team to respectfully and productively make the important decisions that impact Westerly Public Schools and our community.

I hope to continue to offer my strong leadership skills and serve the community for another four years. I respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 3.

Christine Cooke

Westerly

The writer is chairwoman of the Westerly School Committee and is running for re-election.

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