Quincy School Committee Member Kathryn Hubley announces her candidacy for Norfolk County Register of Probate.
If elected, Hubley would be the first woman to hold the office since 1954. Hubley says her experiences as a foster parent, teacher, family advocate, school committee member, and office support specialist make her uniquely qualified to serve in the position. She says her background brings a perspective that the Register of Probate position hasn’t seen in decades.
“The Register of Probate helps people who are dealing with challenging times, such as divorce, adoption, custody arrangements, and bereavement,” said Hubley. “The job requires an empathetic, personal perspective and a true understanding of these challenges.”
Among these challenges, foster care and adoption are deeply personal to Hubley and her family. When she was young, her parents opened their home to children in need, which inspired her to become a foster parent. In addition, her husband, Walter, was adopted through the foster care system. His parents similarly opened their home to dozens of foster children over the years. Hubley says their upbringings made foster care a very natural decision.
“Families come together in many different ways and every family deserves to be supported with care and respect,” Hubley said. “I will work to ensure that the Probate Court serves the families of Norfolk County with compassion and efficiency. At the same time, I will aim to increase the availability of education on important topics such as elder abuse and domestic violence. At some time in their life, most people will need a strong level of support from the office.”
Hubley says that she commends the job that the current Register of Probate, Patrick McDermott, and his team have done over his 19-year tenure and is looking to build upon the work they have put in place.
“Patrick and his staff have done a great job and I know he’ll leave behind a stellar operation, but there’s always more we can do,” said Hubley.
Hubley was first elected to the Quincy School Committee in 2011 and topped the ticket in her re-election bid for a third term last November. She says that if elected as Register of Probate she will fulfill her commitment to the Quincy Public Schools and complete her third term which expires at the end of 2023.
Before serving on School Committee, Hubley was a teacher of preschool through kindergarten for nine years where she achieved a Director II certification from the Department of Early Education and Care. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education as well as coursework in domestic violence. Hubley also worked as an office support specialist and other administrative roles over the past several years. She lives in Quincy with her husband Walter and their children Victoria, a senior at Lesley University and Nathan, a senior at North Quincy High School.
Hubley says she is energized and excited to meet voters from across the county over the next eight months. Hubley said, “There’s a long journey ahead and I’m looking forward to connecting with the voters of Norfolk County to earn their vote and the opportunity to serve.”
A lifelong Democrat, Hubley will run in the primary election on Tuesday, Sept. 1st. The Committee to Elect Kathryn Hubley will be holding a campaign kickoff event at Cagney’s Pub at 214 Washington St. in Quincy on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. You can also support the campaign via PayPal at KathyHubley.com.