UPDATED: Ellinwood Announces Run For Framingham District 6 Councilor

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.

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As I, Scott Ellinwood, have watched the direction of our town, state, and country, I have wondered when and where I should start my involvement. “Where” solved itself seven years ago, when my wife and I moved to the Town of Framingham. “When” remained unanswered. With the transition to the City of Framingham, the right time is now. As such, I proudly announce my candidacy to be the City Councilor of District 6, which encompasses precincts 10 and 11.

First, I will acknowledge that the vote to transition to a city was contentious. The outcome has presented an opportunity to renew the place that we all call home, Framingham. As our government evolves, I want to be central to that change. With my involvement, in concert with the mayor, we can build a more efficient and effective city, while improving our daily lives and the stature of Framingham. To begin that passage, I humbly ask for your vote this fall.

Now, besides running to be the District 6 City Councilor, who is Scott Ellinwood. I am a son, brother, husband, father of one, and soon to be two. I earned my B.S. in finance from Bentley University and went back, while working full-time, for my MBA. Shortly after, I moved to Framingham with my wife to start a family. I ride the commuter rail to work, so, like many of you, I know the importance of affordable, ample parking and an on-time train, while also the impacts of delays. Through hard work, learning, and dedication, I have progressed from an intern to a Manager of Financial Reporting, Planning, and Analysis. By being new to government, I will bring fresh ideas and perspectives. My dedication, acumen, ability to grow, and drive for excellence is why I would be successful. While my focus is on the following, I will still need your on-going feedback.

 Our Budget…

o From 2011 through 2016, General Fund expenditures increased 47%.

o While the tax rate has dropped recently, rising home values still increase your taxes.

o We need to better evaluate the use of our tax dollars, support areas that yield effective results, and limit spending increases.

 Our Schools…

o The high school’s silver medal from U.S. News is a great success. Through additional efforts at school and home, we can continue to improve.

o At the elementary and middle school level, we have inconsistent results. We must take our successes and translate them citywide. All children, regardless of address and socio-economic background, should be subject to the best.

 Our Communities and Businesses…

o First thought on a Saturday night… let’s go enjoy downtown Framingham? Probably not. We need to change that mindset and create a vibrant downtown for all ages and one that supports residents and businesses.

I would like to thank you for your consideration. I look forward to the opportunity to bring a new voice to government from District 6, to improve our city, and to represent you in these exciting times.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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