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.
I am writing to ask for your support for the position of City Councilor for District 3 (precincts 4 & 7) in the first election of the new City of Framingham. This letter will tell you a bit about me and why you should consider giving me your vote. For those that know me, I wanted to explain in more detail why I decided to run.
Framingham has been my home for my entire life. I was born here, attended Potter Road School, Walsh Middle School, and graduated from Framingham North. After college, I married my high school sweetheart, Kerry Dunne, and we started our family in the town that we know and love. We have two children, one who attends Hemenway and one who will be starting 6th grade at Walsh next year. Professionally, I am a technology specialist for the Holliston Public Schools and I just completed a PhD program at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
A lifetime in Framingham and 5 years as a town meeting member have provided me with a unique perspective on our community’s strengths and challenges. I am passionate about our town – soon to be city – and know that that our city council will play an absolutely vital role in ensuring that our new form of government will position Framingham to become an even better place to live, work, and visit!
Specifically, there are five key issues that are central to my drive to serve as City Councilor:
- To recognize and build on Framingham’s unique strengths. Too often, the dialogue around our community focuses on our challenges. There are so many positives to build on including successful new restaurants downtown, a beautiful new library, an excellent school system, and more!
- To provide an assertive check on the power of our new Mayor. The city council must work as a partner with our chief executive, but also be prepared to push back whenever necessary to ensure all voices are heard.
- To push aggressively for improvement of properties such as Nobscot Plaza. These need to be addressed with an open mind, but with wariness towards unfettered development. Above all, owners of empty plazas need to be held accountable for the condition of their properties now and going forward.
- To maintain essential support for our city departments including the schools, public works, parks and recreation, and public safety while recognizing the increasing demands placed on our town’s taxpayers.
- To preserve – and expand – community amenities including Callahan State Park. Open space is critical to our town’s strength. Cushing Park provides a terrific example of how thoughtful management and improvement of a town asset has enriched our quality of life.
It would be an honor to serve as Framingham city councilor. Framingham has been a terrific town for over 300 years, and it can become our state’s best city with community involvement and dedicated leadership. Thank you for your consideration. Please reach out to me any time with thoughts or concerns via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org