Candidate questionnaire: Sundar Sivaraman

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Sundar SivaramanPosition being sought: Planning Board

Party affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Product management, CVS Health

Education: Master’s in liberal arts from Harvard University

Years lived in Hopkinton: 14

Governmental experience: Member of the Zoning Advisory Committee

Additional volunteer/service experience: Boy Scouts volunteer

General statement: My name is Sundar Sivaraman and I am a candidate for Town of Hopkinton Planning Board.

Hopkinton has been home to my family and me since 2006. This town has given my family so much — a sense of community, great schools, amazing institutions like the Boy Scouts and the public library, unparalleled outdoors, and so much more.

It is now my turn to give back, and I feel I can do this best by serving on the town’s Planning Board.

Hopkinton is in the midst of big changes — a more diverse community, a growing population with young children, more businesses to serve the community than ever before, and more.

The town has balanced growth with maintaining the charm and character of the town. Kudos need to be given to the Planning Board and town government for striking this balance.

I currently serve as a member of the Zoning Advisory Committee (ZAC), and in a short duration I’ve been exposed to a large number of items that relate to the growth and development of the town — be that for more businesses, recreation, housing or conservation. Being a member of ZAC has given me perspective about core issues impacting the town. Serving on the Planning Board will give me an opportunity to help with different issues and opportunities facing the town. I believe I can bring in new ideas and new viewpoints.

Beyond all this, I love this town and deeply care about its present and future. Thank you for your support.