FRAMINGHAM – Today, Tuesday, April 4, is election day in Framingham.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weather forecast is 90 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the low 40s.
For the first time in two decades, Framingham voters will have a say in what form of government they want.
On the ballot is a question asking voters to make Framingham a city.
A vote yes and Framingham becomes a city. Framingham would have a mayor, with an 11-member City Council, and 9 School Committee members elected by district.
A vote no and Framingham stays a town. Framingham would have an appointed Town Manager, Town Meeting, 5 Selectmen and 7 School Committee members elected at-large.
Voters also will decide races for Selectmen, School Committee, and Town Moderator.
Last year, voters created a 9-member Framingham Charter Commission. Under state law, there are three forms of government in Massachusetts – open Town Meeting, representative Town Meeting (which Framingham has now) and a City form of government. The Charter Commission voted 8-1 to recommend voters approve a city form of government via home rule charter ballot question. State law only allows voters to accept the recommendation or reject the recommendations. Voters can not pick or choose aspects of the recommendation.
There are just under 40,000 registered voters for today’s historic election. Please take a moment and vote!
Last year, only 14.5 percent of registered voters participated in the Townof Framingham election. In 2015, that numbers was only 7 percent.
Also on the Tuesday ballot four women vying for two 3-year seats on the Framingham Board of Selectmen.
Under the proposed charter, the current 7-member School Committee elected town-wide would change to a 9-member School Committee elected by district. Presently, none of the current seven members on the School Committee live south of Route 9. If the charter question passes and voters say yes to a city, an election would be held in November to elect the new School Committee members, who would start on January 1, 2018.
The only other race this election season is for Town Moderator. Current Town Moderator Teri Banerjee is being challenged by Town Meeting member Raymond Marchand for a 1-year term. If the city question passes, Town Meeting and the Town Moderator position would be eliminated.
Town Clerk Valerie Mulvey is running unopposed for another term.
Library Trustee Sam Klaidman has chosen not to seek re-election. There are four individual running for four 3-year terms. Seeking re-election is Joanne Thompson, Elizabeth Roy, and Arthur Finestein. Also running for Library Trustee is Steve Malchman.
Christine Long is running unopposed for another term on the Framingham Planning Board. If the city vote passes, the Planning Board would be an appointed board and not elected.
South Middlesex Regional Vocational School Committee members AJ Mulvey and Michael Rossi are both running unopposed for another term to serve Framingham in regards to Keefe Technical Regional High School.
Edgell Grove Cemetery Trustee Barbara Ford took out nomination papers, but did not submit them to the Town Clerk’s office. There is one seat available this year. The only candidate to submit papers is former Framingham Town Manager George King Jr.
Framingham Housing Authority member Stephen Starr is seeking another term. He is the only candidate.
Editor’s Note: Framingham Source will not be endorsing an candidate nor will it take a position on the Town vs City question. Source will be at the Memorial Building tonight and will post election results when available.