FRAMINGHAM – Today is the deadline to turn in nomination papers if a candidate wants to appear on the April 4 ballot for town-wide office.
Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll and Selectmen Laurie Lee are up for re-election. Both have pulled papers. Voters would elect two individuals for a 3-year term on the Board of Selectmen.
However, also on the Town of Framingham ballot in April will be a Charter Commission question asking voters if they want Framingham to become a city?
If the question passes, Selectmen would cease to exist and the Town would become a City with an 11-member City Council. Another election would be held again in November 2017 to elect new City leaders.
Framingham Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey and Town Moderator Teri Banerjee also are up for re-election. Mulvey for a 3-year term and Banerjee for a 1-year term. The Moderator position would be eliminated under a City form of government.
This may be the last year for Planning Board elections. If the City question passes, Planning Board members would be appointed and not elected.
Three current School Committee members are up for re-election. They are Jim Stockless, Don Taggart, and Michelle Brosnahan. All three have taken out nomination papers to run for re-election. In addition Cheryl Gordon and Town-wide PTO President Scott Wadland have also taken up papers to run. If all five return papers by today’s deadline, it would be a 5-way race for 3 seats.
Under the current draft charter, created by a 9-member Commission elected by voters last spring, the Framingham School Committee would expand from 7 members elected at larger to 9 members elected by district with the Mayor as an ex-officio member on the Committee, under a City form of government. Each of the 9 district would be comprised of two of the town’s current 18 Precincts.
Current Town Meeting members seeking re-election have until February 7 to return nomination papers.
Individuals new to Town Meeting have until February 14 to return papers.