Dylan Korpita of Deerfield plans to challenge Stephen Kulik in 1st Franklin District

Last modified: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Political newcomer Dylan Korpita of Deerfield plans to seek the 1st Franklin District House seat in this year’s election.

The 35-year-old Republican filed organization papers Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s office to challenge incumbent Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, for the two-year House seat he has held since 1993. The district comprises 19 towns in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Korpita, a former bond trader who moved back from New York a little over a year ago to the Pine Nook Road house he grew up in with the intention of entering politics, attended Frontier Regional School and Deerfield Academy, and graduated from Princeton University in 2001. He worked summers in the family’s masonry business and is the grandson of former Sunderland Selectman Paul Korpita.

Korpita, who describes himself in a written statement as a “socially progressive and fiscally conservative Republican,” says, “I am at a point in my life where I have benefitted from the hard work of my family before me, the education system and community around me, and the challenges and opportunities in front of me. I want to make sure that everyone has that same chance to strive, to learn, to take risks: to improve their lives and fulfill the promises of life and liberty that this great country was founded upon.”

He plans to circulate nomination papers in Ashfield, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Whately and other towns in the district and must submit the signatures of 150 certified registered voters to Secretary of State’s office by May 27 to appear on the Republican primary ballot.

Kulik, who is vice chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, last faced a challenge in 2004.


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