The following is an announcement submitted by the candidate, per the Framingham Source election policy. As per the policy, the statement is published below as submitted.
Our community recently voted for momentous change in how we govern. The transition from the Town of Framingham to the City of Framingham will require more robust debate, a spirited exchange of ideas, much hard work, and people who are willing to serve. I am one of those people. I am ready to work, and ready to serve.
I write now to announce my candidacy for Councilor in the new District 4 (precincts 6 and 9) and to ask for your vote this fall. During the months of debate leading to April’s vote, and in the time since, I’ve been listening. Listening to those who voted for change and those who were against it. Listening to valid concerns about the cohesiveness of our community, rooted in history. Listening to fears of crossing a threshold that might compromise old values, and finally, listening to bright, new ideas for folding a storied past into a bold and vibrant future.
I will bring experience and passion to my public service. As a former Town Meeting member and a member of our Capital Budget and Finance Committees, I know well the opportunities and the difficulties we face.
Through my volunteer experience with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and now, as a member of the board of the new Framingham League of Women Voters, I know about the energy and time required to get good work done, and it doesn’t scare me.
As a private business owner, I am able to carve out the time I need to devote myself to public service.
I pledge to bring an open-minded, independent voice to issues of city government. I don’t hesitate to ask difficult questions or have uncomfortable conversations, especially when discussing our community and the tax burdens of our citizens. I do and will collaborate with everyone, not just those with whom I agree.
The path before us contains significant challenges but tremendous opportunities; both of which we can embrace and undertake together. Our blighted shopping plazas are waiting to be reinvigorated. Our history of substantial tax increases each year is eager to be curbed. Our reputation of not being an easy place to do business is ready to be redefined.
Attracting and retaining commercial businesses through thoughtful and controlled development while staunchly protecting our neighborhoods is how we continue to support our schools and provide strong public services.
As I speak with residents, traffic frequently tops the list of neighborhood frustrations (Concord at A Street, Fenwick, Central and Edgell, to name a few).
Our district must have an assertive voice advocating to improve our traffic headaches.
I will also work to minimize the municipal red tape involved with the reconstruction of the Old Path Village plaza, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year.
We must work with all stakeholders to return those local businesses and the jobs they provide to our district.
From the big pictures and broad strokes to the little details and fine print, it’s time we review our municipal operations and ask how our current practices can be improved. Our community’s first Council will have a lot of work to do. We need engaged, objective Councilors who can build consensus and effectively fight for our neighborhoods. There is much to discuss as we move forward together, and I hope to earn the opportunity to serve as your Councilor. Framingham has a rich and celebrated history. Together we can work to ensure that our community’s brightest days are indeed ahead of us. I humbly and respectfully ask for your support, and welcome your thoughts and ideas at MikeCannon01701@gmail.com or (508) 309 8901.