Hopkins cites managed growth as key issue

April 25, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

Hampstead Town Council candidate David Hopkins said Thursday that he wouldn't have entered the race if all the incumbents had decided to defend their seats.

"I have no problems with the way the town is being managed," he said.

Mr. Hopkins, a resident since 1981, said the biggest issue facing TTC the town is the continuing need for managed growth. He said Mayor Clint Becker was doing a "pretty good" job managing town expansion.

He said he favors a Hampstead bypass. If a bypass had been built and traffic flow improved, he said, some of the tension between established Hampstead residents and newer residents might have been avoided.

Though Mr. Hopkins, 38, has no children, he said he looks upon town youngsters "as my grandchildren."

"I'm very much in favor of activities for the children," said the retired electrician, adding that businesses should be involved more in planning community activities.

Mr. Hopkins, who uses an electric wheelchair, said his views and insight would be useful on the Town Council as Hampstead works to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mr. Hopkins is a volunteer with the Senior Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program at the county Department of Aging.

Eight candidates are running for three of the five council seats in the May 11 election.

Councilwoman Jacqueline Hyatt and Councilman William S. Pearson Sr. are defending their seats. Councilman Lewis O. Keyser Jr. is not running for re-election.

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