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.
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.
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.
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.