Framingham Planning Board Chair Announces Run For City Council At-Large

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.

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I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Councilor-At-Large for the City of Framingham.  I am committed to continue to work hard for Framingham to improve government processes and the quality of life for residents.  My goal is to ensure that Framingham thrives and is able to compete with surrounding communities for future market share while providing an affordable place to live, work and play.

As a prospective councilor I pledge to work with my fellow councilors to provide a thorough review of the municipal budget while using sound business practices to make reasonable financial recommendations that ensure Framingham allocates proper funding to the important essential services that our residents depend on. These services – Schools, Public Works, Police, Fire and others provide a high quality of life.  At the same time, we need to create an environment that attracts and encourages current and potential businesses to partner with Framingham to upgrade and grow our commercial base.  City government should motivate more business to “Choose Framingham,” bringing jobs with them. We can no longer expect to rely on Beacon Hill for additional funding.

My role as Chair of the Planning Board, serving my fourth term, in addition to my many years of experience in the construction industry in both the public and private sector, gives me a deep insight and understanding of our commercial tax base.  I want to help restore Framingham’s previous standing in the Metrowest community as the regional hub of local commerce with a strong foundation for future growth.

As a single mother of two grown daughters and home owner since 1998, I understand the stress that continual increases in real estate taxes and rate fees place on property and business owners.  It is imperative that financial expertise be applied to our municipal government so that Framingham tax and rate payers are allowed to stay in their homes and retain their businesses. Ownership of a home or business is for our residents the most significant investment in our community that they will make and we must support them.   

Although the Planning Board continues to improve and enhance its streamlined processes and public transparency resulting in increased applications, the offset in government spending has not occurred.  It seems that spending has been out of control which has created a situation that has made it impossible for our senior citizens on fixed incomes to stay in their homes as well as having an adverse impact on young couples with children who are financially burdened with additional taxes and fees.

Consequently, I believe Framingham now needs bold leadership that understands business and financial strategies, and has the ingenuity and experience to solve problems. This means planners who will work to promote constructive change, and take action. I have a proven track record of working hard, setting and achieving goals and not being afraid to take a position when making difficult decisions.

I look forward to meeting as many residents as possible while I continue to walk neighborhoods and reach out to my constituents.  

I ask for your vote as one of your two Councilors-At-Large in the upcoming elections.

Municipal Experience:

  • Chair, Planning Board – re-elected to fourth term 2017
  • Former Chair, Government Study Committee
  • Former Chair, Standing Committee on Public Works
  • Alternate Member, Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Former Town Meeting Member, Precinct 2, Vice Chair

Business experience:

  • Capital Improvement Coordinator – Newton Housing Authority (current)
  • Former Small construction business owner and operator – 30 years
  • ABA, Lasell College, magna cum laude
  • BA, Boston College, Pre-Law/Political Science, summa cum laude
  • Licensed MA Real Estate Salesperson

 

Christine Long

 

 

 

 

 

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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