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Letter to the Editor: Herr for Select Board

by | May 13, 2024 | Letter to Editor

I am writing in strong endorsement of Brian Herr for Select Board. Brian brings unparalleled experience, discipline and independent thinking to the Select Board at a time when we need it most.

In my years as chair of the Hopkinton Planning Board, I have occasionally sought guidance from Brian on some of the tougher issues we have faced. His advice always has a common theme: “You represent nearly 20,000 residents of Hopkinton and need to do what is right for the town, not what is best for a small subset, vocal minority or special interest group that is challenging your thinking.” I think this embodies Brian’s philosophy of his leadership style — he is all in on Hopkinton and is always going to put the town first.

Beyond his commitment to Hopkinton, Brian is the type of person we want to lead our town. He has built an impressive career of his own, yet has been volunteering across multiple boards for decades. He has the talent and skills to ensure financial stability, with hiring experience to recruit and build strong teams, and the discipline to make tough decisions. Brian also has a vision for Hopkinton’s future and has the ability and experience to navigate the complex pathways and process to get there.

Lastly, for boards to perform at their highest level, it is critical to have divergent perspectives and critical thinking. While this may stir challenges and inefficiencies, it also ensures that boards have pressure tested their thinking and are solving problems with the best solutions. In this regard, the Select Board NEEDS Brian Herr. He brings balance, experience, vision and discipline.

Please join me May 20 in voting Brian Herr for Select Board.

— Gary Trendel, Hopkinton

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