FRAMINGHAM – Voters will make a historic decision today in April, 4.
Should Framingham remain a town with 300-plus years of traditional New England-style Town Meeting or move to become the Commonwealth’s 54th City?
Framingham High Class of 2017 President Jordan Ramsay voted no to a city. This was his first time voting in an election. He missed the 2016 presidential election by two weeks.
“I wholeheartedly support the idea of Framingham becoming a city. I am not against what the charter stands for, I more take issue with the design of this specific model itself. While I support the idea that our local government should be smaller to ensure higher accountability, my central issue with this resides in how much power this specific charter gives to our mayor. Specifically, the amount of unchecked appointments he or she is allowed to make and the unchecked hiring/firing power for top local officials are my most flagrant concerns (especially for a position that only requires the mayor to live in Framingham and be 18 or older.),” said Ramsay. “Again, I am in full support of the Town of Framingham becoming the City of Framingham, but this specific model is perhaps too alarming mainly because of the faults I previously mentioned. If this charter does not pass, I definitely hope it doesn’t take another twenty years for this question to reappear like last time, but I certainly wish the charter will be more carefully composed when it does.”
Paula McCurdy, who grew up in Framingham, leftm and then came back to Framingham to raise, a family voted yes.
“After living in Boston for several years, I think the train station in Framingham is one of its biggest assets. I would love to see downtown Framingham become more like Natick, or Wellesley in terms of shops, restaurants, and housing. SO many broken promises , and looking the other way from current form of government that I have seen through the years. Time for a change, and some new construction townhomes, condos, retail and restaurants,” said McCurdy.
Precint 8 resident Jennifer Long also voted yes today.
“I think the current form of government is outdated and inefficient – it makes decision making difficult and slow; there are many open slots which means underrepresentation for many neighborhoods; it promoted cronyism; the people who have time to serve on Town Meeting generally have the time – they don’t necessarily represent the working families here in town,” said Long. “I believe the City government will offer MORE transparency and better representation (because of elections), less cronyism, more efficient and professional decision making, and will position Framingham to take better advantage of opportunities to develop. Is it perfect? No. Is it better by far? I believe it is.”
Noval Alexander, also a Precinct 8 resident, voted Yes, too.
“I believe our current form of town government can no longer support and adequately address the overall needs of my neighborhood because most of the decision making process for this community has become very cumbersome and laborious. We need leadership and a government that has the capability to respond.,” said Alexander. “The worst part of that is Town Meeting in its current state isn’t a fully representative body because many Precincts south of route 9 are woefully underrepresented with many vacant seats. In my view this is a poor example of a representative democracy and I believe Framingham can do much better than this.”