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Speechwriter to former Mayor Debbie Amaroso seeks public office

Stephanie Hopkin is running for District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board
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Stephanie Hopkin, who once wrote speeches, press releases and official greetings as community engagement co-ordinator to Mayor Debbie Amaroso, is seeking election in the Oct. 24 municipal elections.

Hopkin filed nomination papers Wednesday to run for one of two positions on the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board (DSSMSSAB).

DSSMSSAB was for many years a low-profile agency, but in recent months has found itself at the vortex of some of the Sault's most pressing issues including the opioid crisis and homelessness and housing.

Hopkin worked for then-mayor Amaroso from 2011 to 2014.

More recently, she's been a senior co-ordinator at the regional tourism organization Destination Northern Ontario.

The deadline to file paperwork to run is Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.

Here's the full list of 2022 local election candidates nominated so far:

Mayor:

  • Ozzie Grandinetti
  • Donna Hilsinger
  • Tobin Kern
  • Matthew Shoemaker

City councillors:

  • Ward 1 – Brent Derochie
  • Ward 1 – Sandra Hollingsworth
  • Ward 1 – William McPhee
  • Ward 2 – Luke Dufour
  • Ward 2 – Lisa Vezeau-Allen
  • Ward 3 – Angela Caputo
  • Ward 3 – Kurtis McDermid
  • Ward 3 – Luis Moreno
  • Ward 4 – Marchy Bruni
  • Ward 4 – David Celetti
  • Ward 4 – Stephan Kinach
  • Ward 4 – Marek McLeod
  • Ward 5 – Corey Gardi
  • Ward 5 – Dave Mornix
  • Ward 5 – Martin Poirier
  • Ward 5 – Matthew Scott

Algoma District School Board trustees:

  • Ward 1 – Jennifer Sarlo
  • Ward 2 – Susan Myers
  • Ward 3 – no nominations so far
  • Ward 4 – no nominations so far
  • Ward 5 – no nominations so far

Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board trustees:

  • John Caputo
  • Tony D'Agostino
  • Wayne Guy Greco
  • Gary Trembinski

District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board:

  • Stephanie Hopkin
  • Judy Hupponen

Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l'Ontario trustee:

  • Louise Primeau 

Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario trustee:

  • Suzanne Salituri
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