Republican Candidate for Planning Board Announces

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

Republican Brian Karp of Nicholas Road officially announced today that he is seeking election to one of the two five-year term positions on the Planning Board.

“I am running for the Planning Board because this is a critical time for Hopkinton given the decisions to be made about the future of the downtown area and the ground breaking at Legacy Farms” stated Mr. Karp. “I would like to use my experience to build a consensus on the best approach for dealing with projects that will come before the Planning Board. We need to work together to increase the commercial tax base while maintaining our town’s character.”

Karp says that the one thing that is constant in Hopkinton is change, and that dealing with that change, is the challenge.

"Hopkinton is struggling to maintain the character and reasonable taxes that attracted us all to the town," said Karp. "Providing the additional services needed by our growing population and the current economic environment makes it especially difficult to keep the town affordable. How we strategically plan for the continued development of Hopkinton is the key for our town’s financial future.”

Brian Karp has served on the Zoning Advisory Committee. He and his family moved to Hopkinton in 2005.

Karp is married and has two young children. He is an active volunteer for many school related and community organizations. He has served on the HPTA Board as the Elmwood School Art Room Volunteer Coordinator for the past two years and has been a Girl Scout Leader for the past three years.

Karp graduated from The University of Massachusetts’ school of Business with a BS in Management. He is currently an optician in both Medfield and Medway.

Karp says he is looking forward to the upcoming campaign.

“I look forward to discussing the issues facing Hopkinton with the voters," said Karp. "I am asking for your support during the campaign and your vote at the May election. I would be honored represent the best interests of the community on the Hopkinton Planning Board.”