FRAMINGHAM – On April 4, Framingham voters will go to the polls, to decide if Framingham should remain a town or become a city form of government.
A proposed charter question asks voters to eliminate the Town Manager-Selectmen-Town Meeting form of government and to create a City of Framingham with a mayor and an 11-member City Council. The charter would also eliminate the 7-member Framingham School Committee elected at-large and create a 9-member School Committee, elected by district.
On March 22, Access Framingham and Framingham Source will co-sponsor a live debate on the ballot question. The debate will later be re-broadcast multiple times for residents and voters to view. AFTV will also live stream the debate.
The debate will feature a trio of elected Charter Commissioners defending the majority report of the Charter Commission, encouraging voters to vote yes for a city form of government vs the author of the minority report of the Charter Commission and two Framingham residents, encouraging voters to vote no to the proposed city charter.
Moderating the debate will be broadcaster and Framingham resident David O’Leary. O’Leary is the host of the Morning Magic radio program, on Magic 106.7FM
Participants on the majority report panel, encouraging voters to vote yes, are Charter Commissioner Valerie Mulvey, Charter Commissioner Adam Blumer and Charter Commissioner John Stefanini.
Participants on the minority report panel, encouraging voters to vote no, are Charter Commissioner Teri Banerjee, former finance committee member Linda Dunbrack, and former selectman John Stasik.
The public can watch the debate live at 7 p.m. The 90-minute debate will air live on AF-TV on channels 3 (RCN), channel 9 (Comcast), and channel 43 (Verizon) in Framingham.
Residents also can participate in the debate by submitting questions.
Email questions to editor@FraminghamSource.com and email@example.com
The deadline to submit questions is Sunday, March 19 at 11:59 p.m.
A half-dozen questions, selected by the sponsors of the debate with the moderator of the debate, will be asked live at the debate.
Both the majority report panelists and the minority report panelists have been invited to submit a series of questions to be asked live at the debate, as well.
Neither Framingham Source nor Access Framingham is or will take a position on the charter question.
Both news outlets are co-sponsoring the debate as a service to Framingham residents and voters.