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.
“Make Framingham a Smart City, which will bring Technology, People, Government and Business together”
Dhruba Sen will donate 60% of his mayoral salary to support district public schools, non-profits supporting women, children, LGBTQ i, veterans, the handicapped, the homeless and people of color.
Sen is a longtime Framingham resident, elected Town Meeting member, Software Engineer and local civil rights activist. The Top Vote Getter in his precinct during his first town meeting run, Sen has gone on to serve on several town standing committees, including Community Services, Education, Ways and Means, and the Rules Committee. He is a member of the Fair Housing Committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
His professional experience includes working with cutting edge and emerging technologies for numerous public and private entities, including Massachusetts Department of Revenue, General Electric, IBM, Intel, Thomson Reuters, the U.S. Department of Defense, the City of Dallas, the State of New Jersey, Capital One, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments
A ‘Big 4’ Alum, Sen is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Project Manager (SCRUM), Software Developer and Infrastructure (ITIL) & Quality Assurance professional. Sen is a member of IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Systems Man & Cybernetics Society and Project Management Institute.
Sen – trusted by his peers and management, has managed multi-million dollar budgets with a total “span-of- control” of several hundred resources.
The Founder of MetroWest Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), a founder member of Framingham Comes Together and lead organizer of Welcoming Framingham — a local chapter of the immigration advocacy group Welcoming America — Sen plans to support equality, equity, environmental justice and protect the rights of immigrants, LGBTQ individuals & groups and Movement for Black Lives. Sen will work to reduce influence of big money in politics, stand against xenophobia, racism and bigotry and ensure Framingham is a Welcoming City,
When Sen moved to Framingham, RT128 and its west was the unofficial “Silicon Valley of the East”. With expertise in big data, analytics, predictive modeling and cyber security, Sen plans to transform Framingham into one of the world’s top five “smart cities,” drawing high-tech companies, creating jobs, and promoting innovation in education, financial planning, transportation, public safety and other areas. Sen will restore the lost glory of Framingham as the hub of the “Silicon Valley of the East”.
“A smart city is a vision to integrate information and Communication Technology and Internet of Things to securely manage a city’s assets. This allows city officials to interact directly with the community and the city infrastructure and to monitor what is happening in the city, how the city is evolving, and how to enable a better quality of life. More specifically, SmartCity model is used to enhance quality, performance and interactivity of urban services, to reduce costs and resource consumption and to improve contact between citizens and government. “
Sen plans to implement technology solutions for a Framingham that is smart in finance, education, healthcare , environment, transportation, public safety & law enforcement, housing, and infrastructure.