Two Republican candidates took out papers today for open positions on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Current Chairman Ken Driscoll is seeking re-election and Brian Eberlin, who served on the Commission from 2003 through 2009, is hoping to return to public service.
“I am running again to finish some of the good that we have started and it would be a privilege to continue to serve the residents of Hopkinton and particularly the youth of our community” said Driscoll.
Driscoll also cited the work accomplished at the new Fruit Street soccer fields and said he was the originator of the plan for the upcoming fiscal year to make the Parks and Recreation Commission function as an Enterprise Fund, becoming more transparent and eventually self-funding.
Eberlin added that they would both like to use their prior experience to expand on the good works of the Commission.
"In these tight budget times we need to efficiently maintain our parks and fields and provide quality programs at affordable prices," said Eberlin.
In addition to his current service on the Commission, Ken Driscoll is involved in the planning for the revitalization of downtown as a member of the Downtown Revitalization Committee and the recently formed Downtown Initiative Steering Committee responsible for working with the BETA Consultant team as the town begins the initial design activities. Additionally Driscoll spent the past ten years heading up the Hopkinton Basketball Association helping to establish it as one of the premiere programs in MetroWest. Driscoll and his family moved to Hopkinton in 1994 and live on Elizabeth Road. He is married to his wife Laura and has two daughters, Janelle and Nicole. Driscoll graduated from Morraine Valley in his home state of Illinois and is currently a Founder and Principal in Solect, Inc, a commercial solar developer based here in Hopkinton.
In addition to his previous service on the Commission, Brian Eberlin has been involved in Executive Board of the Lake Maspenock Preservation Association and he was a volunteer for the Youth Commission, Skate Board Park and early release activities. Eberlin and his fiancé live on Hayward Street. He is a lifelong resident of Hopkinton and a graduate of Hopkinton HS and Wentworth/Clark. Eberlin works at Bose as an Electro-Mech Research Designer.
“We have worked together before and we look forward to working together again," said Eberlin. "We thank the citizens of Hopkinton for allowing us to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission and we ask for your vote on May 16th.”
To see the HCAM News video with Driscoll and Eberlin at the Town Clerk's Office, watch below.