FRAMINGHAM – When Framingham Board of Selectmen Chair, Cheryl Tully Stoll had her signatures for City Councilor at-large certified by the Town Clerk’s office yesterday, she completed the sweep of female candidates to qualify for the City of Framingham ballot in every ballot category first.
The initial candidates to qualify for every ballot category – School Committee, District City Council, Mayor, and City Council At Large – for Framingham’s November City election all have been female.
Cheryl Gordon was the first person to be certified on the City ballot. She is running for a district city council seat. School Committee candidate Sheryl Goldstein was the first candidate to be certified for School Committee on the ballot and Yvonne Spicer was he first to be certified on the ballot for mayor.
To qualify for the ballot, a town-wide City Council candidate must have 150 signatures certified by the Town Clerk’s Office. Of the 150, at least 10 signatures must come from each individual district. Tully Stoll turned in more than 330 signatures with more than 20 coming from each district. For Tully Stoll, the Clerk’s office stopped certifying signatures at 190 when more than the required number of signatures had been certified from each district and the total had been generously surpassed.
“I want to thank all of my friends who helped me collect enough signatures to qualify for the ballot for one of the two City Council At Large seats. It’s wonderful having this level of support so early in the race,” said Tully Stoll.
“Since so much about this election is going to be historic, it’s wonderful that women have swept the first qualifying spots. It sets a great example for the young girls in our community to step up as future leaders,” said Tully Stoll
Currently, the Town of Framingham has elected a female Town Clerk and Town Moderator.
Both the chairs of the Selectmen and the School Committee are women.
Women are leading the Planning Board, Board of Health, Parks & Recreation Commission, and the Disabilities Commission.
Tully Stoll joked, “Go figure; after 316 years of incorporation, women finally gain more influence in Town government, and the voters decide it’s time to change to a City.”
Elaborating further she said “The timing appears to be coincidental, but both circumstances may actually have more to do with Framingham’s evolution as a more mature and complex municipality. Effective and responsive governance requires representation that mirrors the voting population. Judging from the number of and diversity of the candidates who have taken nomination papers for seats in the new city government, we are seeing potential representation that could better mirror the community than we currently have.”
“A smooth transition from our current form of government to our new form will be a key component to success. As Chair of the Board charged with the transition, I am committed to bring people together, and to make sure that diverse points of view will have a voice in our future. We will only succeed if we are ONE FRAMINGHAM; serving everyone to the best of our ability,” said Tull Stoll.