The following is an announcement submitted by the candidate, per the Framingham Source election policy. As per the policy, the statement is published below as submitted.
Today I pulled papers to run for City Council in District 5, which is comprised of Precincts 8 and 12.
On April 4, I was elected to an 8 month term on the Framingham School Committee. I immediately immersed myself in studying, learning, and being an active, resourceful, and contributory member of the School Committee. While I have been active in the school community from a communications standpoint for years, I believe that my broad range of skills, private sector work experience, street smarts, education, organizational skills, and my 12 years serving in our government make me uniquely qualified to serve on Framingham’s City Council at the end of my School Committee term.
I am approachable and friendly, and I will treat every constituent with the same level of respect. I will be visible around the district – someone you can meet for coffee or call to discuss your personal challenges or community concerns with. As a lifelong Framingham resident, I believe my historical knowledge of our community, my level of energy, and my enthusiasm and love for all things Framingham are exactly what our new city government needs.
It’s important that we fill the City Council with individuals who are flexible and open to compromise. I believe those elected to these positions should be less interested in talking excessively at the public and more interested in LISTENING to the public. While I would like to be part of an efficient and agile government, we need to ensure we have a healthy balance of community input and that those who have served our community for years are encouraged to participate and contribute.
Throughout my private sector career, I have worked in corporate environments including legal/compliance, insurance, software, retail, and healthcare. I also spent 12 years as an elected Town Meeting Member studying the municipal budget and many years as the Chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Public Safety. I attended the Framingham Public Schools K-12, received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Framingham State, and took a couple Master’s Degree level classes, Criminal Law and Community Policing. I have been a homeowner in Precinct 12 for 20 years. My two boys, ages 8 and 13, are the joys of my life and the reason why I love to serve my community. My mother is a retired teacher and my father is a retired electrical engineer. They both own homes in Framingham as well.
If elected, I will always be brief and concise when I speak at City Council meetings to ensure there’s time for resident’s voices to be heard. I will seek out constituent input via surveys and coffee chats, and I will oppose any measure that limits public participation. I will always consider the interests of working families and the many families in District 5 who are retired or on fixed incomes.
I can be reached at CGordon09@comcast.net or (508) 733-1647 or on Facebook: CherylforCityCouncil5