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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Board of Selectmen Chair, Cheryl Tully Stoll, announced today, June 18, that she is running for one of the two at large city council seats in Framingham’s first city election this fall.
Tully Stoll was elected to her second term on the Board of Selectmen in April; the same night the City Charter referendum passed.
“I think we owe it to the taxpayers to make the transition to a city as smooth as possible and I am in a unique position to assist with that. Framingham has a bright future and I believe that I can make a strong contribution,” she said.
Growing up in Framingham, she attended the Framingham Public Schools and has been active in the community for over 35 years. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Framingham State University and an M.B.A. from Bentley University.
Tully Stoll said, “I am committed to making the transition to city government successful by working to unite people, AS ONE FRAMINGHAM. Not the schools and town, not the north and south, not the businesses and residents. One Framingham working together for everyone.”
Tully Stoll has successfully made working together a reality. This past year she led the effort to open up a new collaborative relationship with the school department. This endeavor led to a jointly selected School Building Committee and movement towards strong coordination between the town and school departments of Personnel, Finance and Technology to give Framingham taxpayers more bang for their buck.
“We are finally making solid progress in revitalizing our downtown. We have exciting projects planned and we’re almost done expand parking, improving landscaping and dramatically upgrading the maintenance and safety of the downtown train station. I will work to continue these efforts, said Tully Stoll.
She believes that in order for Framingham to reach its potential, “the city will need to support and expand our business base. If we don’t, we will either tax seniors and families out, or have to cut important services. We can be business friendly and neighborhood friendly at the same time; and we need to be. I will look at each project with both the applicant and the neighborhood in mind, and I will work to engage our residents in this process.
I will also continue to work to preserve the open space we have throughout the city. Every parcel we lose is a part of this community gone forever.”
She continued, “During my time in government I’ve worked to keep tax increases down while at the same time improving services to our residents and businesses. By building our tax base, we can do both and we’ve proven it. The small tax incentive we gave Jack’s Abbey Brewery not only led to their expanding and paying more taxes, but they’ve also opened a brand new business downtown. Additionally, they encouraged our newest award winning brewer, Exhibit A, to open at their old Morton Street location. Success breeds success, and I promise to keep sowing the seeds.”
Tully Stoll concluded, “The people who fill the seats in our new city government will be responsible for setting the tone, traditions and attitudes that will carry us forward in Framingham for generations to come. I want to see a local government that is responsive to residents and businesses, allows regular participation from the public, is accountable and represents the values of our community.”
Tully Stoll’s community contributions include: Framingham Board of Selectmen Chair, Board of Selectmen Policy Sub Committee Convener, Metro West Regional Transit Authority Framingham Representative, Framingham Veterans’ Commission Selectmen’s Liaison, Metro West Health Foundation’s Ethnic Disparities Workgroup, Metro West Health Foundation’s Framingham Union Grants Panel, Metro West Health Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, Programs for People’s Board of Directors, Framingham Public Schools Health Advisory Committee, Resiliency for Life Program’s Founding Advisory Board, South Middlesex Legal Services Kidscare Advisory Board, Framingham Court Mediation Services Small Claims Court Mediator, Framingham Public Schools Food Service Director Search Committee, Framingham Public Access Founding Board of Directors & Treasurer/CFO, Fiddler’s Green Neighborhood Association Co-President and Framingham Youth Commission member.
You can learn more about Cheryl Tully Stoll at www.tullystoll.com