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I am honored and excited to announce my candidacy for School Committee representing District 7.
In March, as part of my job working at UMass Boston, I advised a group of students on an alternative spring break trip to Chicago. On this trip we explored service and educational opportunities focused on Education and Poverty. I helped these students to learn more about these topics in the semester leading up to our trip, and the experience of this trip as well as the impact it had on us as a group inspired me to run for School Committee.
I am a firm believer in public education. From elementary school through graduate school I am a product of public education and I believe in its power to shape the lives of students, as well as the power that a great school district has to positively shape a community.
My wife and I moved to Framingham nearly three years ago, and instantly fell in love with its charm, opportunities, and community.
My wife is a 6th grade math teacher at Fuller Middle School, and last year we bought a house on Franklin Street. We are invested in this community and I am excited about the opportunity to serve the community that we call home and hope to start a family in.
With the passing of the new city charter we are now at a turning point for Framingham and for how each of the functions of local government will work. I am excited about the challenge of joining the School Committee and helping to make sure that students’ experiences with the school system are positive and equitable. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with the community and represent District 7 on the Framingham School Committee.
I encourage folks to check out the Facebook page for my campaign at www.facebook.com/BenMcNamee/ , where I will be posting additional information as the campaign progresses.