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Joel Winett for District 3 City Council (Precincts 4 and 7)
I want to acknowledge those who have encouraged me to stay active in Framingham government and run for the City Council. As the District 3 City Council member, I would be one of eleven members of the new Framingham legislative body.
As a council member I would continue to support our great police, fire, public works, school, library, and park departments. I would welcome comments from residents on issues that are before the council and support the appointment of advisory committees.
I would strive to be well-informed before voting on issues by diligently preparing for meetings as I have done on all the committees I have served on.
The most important roles of the council are to vote on the budget, to vote on appointments as Division Directors and on members of multi-member bodies, and to vote on zoning bylaws.
My Goals for the council include:
Adopt appropriate procedures for voting, especially on the budget,
Carefully vet the budget through subcommittees,
Thoughtfully plan for future expenditures,
Not ‘rubber stamp’ mayor appointments,
Encourage citizens to bring issues to the council.
My Government Experience includes: serving as a Town Meeting member for over 40 years, Town Moderator for 2 years; Town Meeting Rules Committee and Chair for many years; also serving as a member and past president of Access Framingham; and, most recently, as a member and the clerk of the Charter Bylaw Review Committee appointed by the Selectmen.
My volunteer activities include: Patient Navigator providing supporter for seniors at medical appointments, Mazie Foundation volunteer for a high school student, and an MIT interviewer of high school applicants.
I am a long-time Framingham homeowner with three children who went to Framingham schools and some of my grandchildren go to Framingham schools too.
I ask for your vote for City Council at the primary on September 26 and the election on November 7.