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.
George King officially announced his candidacy for one of the two at large seats on the new Framingham City Council today.
King was a member of the Framingham Charter Commission that created the new government structure. He looks to his experience with town government as a key attribute to assisting Framingham through the transition to a city.
King said, “I understand the intricacies of local government. I know how to get things done and can utilize those skills in the best interest of Framingham taxpayers as we become a city.”
He stated several priorities that he would focus on if elected:
- I will maintain a sharp focus on limiting the growth in our property taxes. Framingham’s property tax rate and average tax bill are among the highest in the state. I will bring my municipal financial experience to the council and pledge to limit tax increases, while maintaining our valued services.
- As an educator, I am committed to assuring funding for our schools. I believe the Framingham Public Schools are poised to excel under the new leadership in both the administration and on the school committee. I look forward with working with school leadership to assure quality education.
- I am committed to supporting and encouraging economic development opportunities that will allow Framingham to prosper. The revitalization of our neighborhood centers, the maximum economic use of our office parks and the reformation of our downtown are all critical to make Framingham prosper.
- A focus on traffic and roadway issues is provided for in the charter. We need to fully assess the traffic issues the town faces on a daily basis and create rational solutions.
King cites his experience, knowledge and commitment as qualifications for the city council. He grew up in Framingham and graduated from Framingham South High School in 1978. He earned two degrees from Boston College, a B.A. in Political Science (1982) and a C.A.E.S. in Curriculum and Instruction (2011). He also holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Framingham State University (1996). His two daughters, Cortney (2006) and Kathleen (2008) graduated from Framingham High School.
King has served the Town of Framingham in a wide variety of roles. He was elected as a Trustee of Edgell Grove Cemetery (1978-1985, 2017) a Library Trustee (1981-1984, 1985-1991), a Charter Commissioner (2016-2017) and Town Clerk (1993-1999). He has been appointed to the Finance Committee (1991-1993, 2014-2016) and the Retirement Board (1997-2005). He also served as Framingham’s second Town Manager for nearly seven years beginning in March of 1999.
King says, “Framingham is my home; it has been a great place to raise my children and to live for almost my entire life. I look forward to being a part of the historical transition to Framingham’s new government”