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.
Editor’s Note (July 10): Liftman did not get the required 500 signatures to appear on the September 26 2017 ballot. The Town Clerk’s office said he only had 439 signatures. He can run as a write-in candidate, but his name will not appear on the ballot.
Dear residents of Framingham,
It is truly an honor to vie for the office of mayor of Framingham. This is an election of many firsts. Framingham will elect its inaugural mayor and it happens to be my maiden voyage into the political arena. I take a multitude of diverse life experiences, coupled with a passion to “repair the world” and fight for the common individual, which form the basis of my wanting to run for office of mayor.
It sometimes takes a person who has not been entrenched in the status quo to deliver a fresh, formerly uncovered perspective on city governance, as political experience alone is only part of the equation. What truly separates mediocrity from excellence in the political arena is not merely the ability to solve real world problems but to also become “one” with the collective needs, hopes, and dreams of all of the city’s constituents.
For those of you unfamiliar with me, I can sum up my mission very succinctly: which is to provide common sense and fiscally responsible leadership with the aim of promoting middle class values and institutions. My hope is to restore Framingham to its former and rightful place as an economic powerhouse and a place that provides an unparalleled quality of life to all its residents.
To achieve this, I intend on increasing commercial development and investments without having to sacrifice the business tax base. Currently, many companies enjoy tax abatements as an incentive to operate in Framingham; this unduly shifts the tax burden to the residents. In addition, I promise to end the socio-economic disparity between the north and south sides by revitalizing the downtown and surroundings with large scale retail and business enterprises that will transform the area into a commercial, retail, and cultural hub.
In order to meet the complex demands of maintaining high educational standards in a large multi-ethnic community, I intend on establishing private educational cooperatives that will help subsidize improvements to not only physcial infrastructure but also to school initiatives and programs. This new approach, which will trim down the educational portion of the city budget, serves to reduce the fiscal burden on Framingham residents.
I look forward to working with a proactive city council to address the many challenges Framingham faces as it embarks on its historic journey. I ask for your support and vote and vow to work together with you in the upcoming years ahead.
With great admiration and appreciation,