Deerfield man seeks First Franklin seat
Deerfield native and political newcomer Dylan Korpita plans to seek the First Franklin District House seat in this year’s election,
The 35-year-old Republican hopeful filed organization papers Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s office to challenge Worthington Democrat Stephen Kulik for the two-year House seat he’s held since 1993 in the district composed of 16 towns in Franklin and Hampshire 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, graduating 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 will be circulating 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 House Ways and Means, was last challenged in 2014, defeating both Republican challenger Jeffrey C. Cranston of Williamsburg and Green-Rainbow candidate Nathaniel Fortune of Whately.
(Editor’s Note: Information about Kulik’s recent challengers was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.)