FRAMINGHAM – On April 4, Cheryl Gordon finished third in a 5-way race for three Framingham School Committee seats.
Her third place finish by just three votes ousted incumbent Jim Stockless for the 7-member Framingham School Committee. Incumbent Don Taggart finished fifth in voting on April 4.
Gordon was sworn on Wednesday and attended her first School Committee meeting that night.
Today, April 13, Gordon announced she will run for a City Council seat in the newly-created City of Framingham election in the fall.
“It was always my plan to run for city council if the city charter passed,” said Gordon to Source this afternoon.
“I ran for School Committee under the assumption that the city charter would probably not pass and that I would have a three year School Committee term. It is disappointing that the term is just 8 months. I believe under the new city government structure that I will be able to use my broader knowledge and experience on city council AND that I will be able to provide more support to our school system from the city council side. Ensuring that we have top notch schools is a high priority for me. I believe it’s critical that we fill the city council with individuals who are flexible and willing to compromise on decisions for the best interest of our community,” said Gordon.
“I realize the timing is strange, but so is the whole 8-month term situation,” said Gordon.
“Throughout my career, I have worked in several industries which I believe has given me broad knowledge that would be an asset to the Council. In the private sector, I have worked in corporate environments including legal/global compliance, insurance, retail, and healthcare. In terms of my government experience, I spent 12 years as an elected town meeting member studying and voting on the municipal budget and also many years as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Safety. Additionally, I have run a private group that has been a resource for about 2000 school families for the last 9 years,” said Gordon.
Under the City charter, there would be 9 School Committee members elected by neighborhood or district and there would be 11 City Councilors. Nine would be elected by neighborhood or district and two at-large.
Officially nomination papers for the new City government is not scheduled to be available until May 1.
If there are enough candidates a primary election would be held in September, with the final election on the first Tuesday in November.