FRAMINGHAM – Nominations papers for the Town of Framingham’s April 4, 2017 election became available on Monday, and several individuals have already pulled papers.
Editor’s Note: Framingham Source will publish its election guidelines this weekend.
Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll has pulled papers for re-election for a 3-year term.
Both Tull Stoll and Laurie Lee are up for re-election in 2017. Voters would elect two individuals for a 3-year term.
However, also on the Town of Framingham ballot in April will be a Charter Commission question asking voters if they want Framingham to become a city?
If the question passes, Selectmen would cease to exist and the Town would become a City with an 11-member City Council. Another election would be held again in November 2017 to elect City leaders.
Framingham Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey and Town Moderator Teri Banerjee both also pulled papers for re-election. Mulvey for a 3-year term and Banerjee for a 1-year term. The Moderator position would be eliminated under a City form of government.
Framingham Planning Board Chair Christine Long pulled paper for re-election. If the City question passes, Planning Board members would be appointed and not elected.
School Committee member James Stockless pulled papers to run for a second 3-year term.
And Cheryl Gordon, a former Town Meeting member, pulled papers to run for School Committee. Many in town know her as the woman who moderates the Chat About the Framingham Public Schools on Facebook.
Under the current draft charter, created by a 9-member Commission elected by voters last spring, the Framingham School Committee would expand from 7 members elected at larger to 9 members elected by district with the Mayor as an ex-officio member on the Committee, under a City form of government. Each of the 9 district would be comprised of two of the town’s current 18 Precincts.
Current School Committee members Stockless, Don Taggart and Michelle Brosnahan are up for re-election. Voters would elect three individuals for a 3-year term in April 2017.
All of these individuals who pulled papers are not official candidates, until they return 50 signatures from registered voters in Framingham.
The deadline to return the papers is January 17.
Current Town Meeting members seeking re-election have until February 7 to return nomination papers.
Individuals new to Town Meeting have until February 14 to return papers.