My entire life I have been proud to be your son, a product of your many diverse communities, once a child, marked by your unique culture, and now a young man, versed in your many social constructs.
Whether walking the segregated streets of the Deep South, speaking against racism, whether leading efforts in impoverished areas from New England to Hawaii, from Canada to Mexico, whether sleeping in compounds under armed guard in Haiti, giving out medicine and school supplies, I never stopped thinking about you. I was always proud to call you home. You have always been my inspiration.
Over the years you have changed. Your parks were built and re-built. Some of your shopping centers became grave yards. The old “hang outs” became distant memories. The “Townie-Spirit” faded from you as the old families of Framingham grew older. Times changed. You seemed to get smaller as life seemed to get bigger.
Since I was a kid, all I wanted to see was the world become a better place. A place where atrocities were not overlooked due to apathy. A place where “equality” really meant people were equal, regardless of color, gender, or religion. Lead by men and woman unafraid to speak up against injustice, regardless of personal consequence. Somewhere we could learn to disagree and peacefully coexist at the same time, a world where the future was brighter than the past. Inside your borders I learned to believe that type of world is possible.
I left you for a while to work toward that vision, to change the world. I came back to you to change my home. I believe that we are making progress, yet, there is still so much work to do.
In some ways these elections have brought out the best in us. In some it has brought out the worst.
No one can be sure of what will happen on November 7th.
I am not sure how we will all feel on November 8th.
What I am sure of is that our greatest potential requires all of us to work together, regardless of the outcome of these elections. What I am sure of is that I am committed to leading Framingham towards that potential in any way I can.
Framingham, you have taught me more than I could ever articulate. You moulded me in ways nowhere else could have. The gift of growing up within your borders is one I will never be able to fully repay. For these things, and many more, I will forever be in your debt.
I love You Framingham.
Thank you for everything,
P.S. On November 7th, Write-In Horrigan For The Win!
A Vote for Horrigan is a vote for a unified Framingham and a fresh start.”