FRAMINGHAM – On April 4, Framingham voters will go to the polls, to decide if Framingham should remain a town or become a city form of government.
A proposed charter question asks voters to eliminate the Town Manager-Selectmen-Town Meeting form of government and to create a City of Framingham with a mayor and an 11-member City Council. The charter would also eliminate the 7-member Framingham School Committee elected at-large and create a 9-member School Committee, elected by district.
UPDATED: The debate will feature 3 Charter Commissioners defending the majority report of the Charter Commission, encouraging voters to vote yes for a city form of government vs the author of the minority report of the Charter Commission and two Framingham residents, encouraging voters to vote no to the proposed city charter.
Moderating the debate will be broadcaster and Framingham resident David O’Leary. O’Leary is the host of the Morning Magic radio program, on Magic 106.7FM
Participants on the majority report panel, encouraging voters to vote yes, are Charter Commissioner Valerie Mulvey, Charter Commissioner Adam Blumer and Charter Commissioner John Stefanini.
Participants on the minority report panel, encouraging voters to vote no, are Charter Commissioner Teri Banerjee, former finance committee member Linda Dunbrack, and former selectman John Stasik.
The 90-minute debate will air live on AF-TV on channels 3 (RCN), channel 9 (Comcast), and channel 43 (Verizon) in Framingham.
The public can not attend the debate, but instead watch the debate live.
Residents can participate in the debate by submitting questions, as well.
Framingham residents are encouraged to submit questions to the debate. Six to 7 questions, decided by the sponsors of the debate and the moderator of the debate, will be asked live at the debate.
Email questions to editor@FraminghamSource.com The deadline to submit questions is March 13 at noon.
Both the majority report panelists and the minority report panelists have been invited to submit a series of questions to be asked live at the debate, as well.
Neither Framingham Source nor Access Framingham is or will take a position on the charter question. Both news outlets are co-sponsoring the debate as a service to Framingham residents and voters.
Access Framingham and Framingham Source are media partners.