Candidate field in Hampstead race reaches 8

April 13, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

James Piet and David Hopkins declared themselves candidates yesterday for the May 11 Hampstead Town Council election, bringing the number of candidates to eight.

Mr. Piet is director of site evaluation and development for Masonry Contractors Inc.

"I think it's a community I'm going to stay in for a while," he said, "and I think it's important to try to make a difference."

He said, "I think my background would be a positive influence" on the council, because of his familiarity with zoning and development issues.

With his experience, he said, he could help push for state and regional help to build a Hampstead bypass on Route 30.

Mr. Piet is a member of the Hampstead Tree Commission.

Asked if his employment would pose a conflict of interest, Mr. Piet said, "No, not at all."

He said, "The council doesn't review development-type issues," adding that those are left to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

He said if the council had to consider one of his projects, he could excuse himself from influencing the matter.

Mr. Hopkins could not be reached yesterday for comment.

Three council seats will be contested in the election. Six candidates entered the race earlier.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt and Councilman William S. Pearson Sr. are defending their seats. Also running are Hampstead residents Dwight Womer, Wayne H. Thomas, Scott Laderer and Greg Jugo.

Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. is not defending his seat.

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