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Letter to Residents
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Brian Herr and I am running for the Board of Selectmen (BoS) this year. Since announcing my candidacy several weeks ago, numerous people have asked me the same 3 questions over and over again. Please allow me a few moments to answer them as best I can here.
“Are you crazy?” Well, I don’t think so, but then again, my kids say I am. The general conversation around this question focuses on the state of affairs with the current board and their communications. My personality and professional training recognizes the differing opinions of others and respects their right to share them in a public format. Last year, while serving as Vice Chairman of the Planning Board, I presided over the public hearings for the Water Resources Protection Overlay District. During several nights of hearings we had our share of participants let the emotions generated by the topic, albeit understandable, get the best of them. My years in the construction industry taking the heat, while staying on topic in meetings, paid off. We got through the hearings with all concerned having had an opportunity to share their views. If elected to the BoS I will stay focused on the real issues before town and avoid any non-productive banter.
“What do you
hope to accomplish as a member of the BoS?”
It is imperative that we diversify and expand our commercial tax
base. We must find ways to welcome new businesses to town that
are willing to invest in our community. We should increase the
revenue in the current industrial and business zones by tweaking
the bylaws already in place, such as raising the height of the
buildings one additional story on
qualifications do you bring to the table?”
Since moving to
town in April of 2000 my wife, Mary Murphy, and I have been
involved with numerous boards and committees. In town I have
served on the Personnel Committee, the Elementary School
Building Committee and the Planning Board. Currently I am the
Chairman of the Zoning Advisory Committee and the Cultural
Over the next several weeks there will be numerous forums for the voters of Hopkinton to meet the candidates and discuss their vision for the future. I look forward to the opportunity to speak with as many of you as possible and welcome your comments and questions.
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