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FRAMINGHAM – Now that the ballot has been set for the preliminary election on September 26, several campaigns have been holding kick off events this month.
Tully Stoll’s Kick-Off Party For Council At-Large
Framingham Board of Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll’s kick-off event for one of the two City Council At Large seats was held at La Cantina restaurant recently.
The 100+ people in attendance were treated to a glowing introduction from Dr. Irwin Blumer who highlighted Tully Stoll’s integrity, decades of service, leadership in the community and her commitment to doing the right thing regardless of its political popularity.
“That’s a rare combination,” said Blumer.
In her speech, Tully Stoll highlighted the importance of the upcoming election saying, “When voters go to the polls this fall not only will they be electing all of their representatives at the same time, they will also be picking the leaders who will be responsible for setting the tone, traditions and attitudes that will shape our community for generations to come.
Those elected will decide what traditions to keep and what standards to establish. What ability will the public have to speak at meetings? Will our leaders solicit public input before making decisions? How easy will it be to petition our local government regarding issues that matter to us? These things will be important to the type of city become.”
Discussing projected fiscal deficits Tully Stoll highlighted that we will have to “work smarter and be more agile so that we are able to sustain our terrific Schools, Police and Fire Departments, Libraries, Parks as well as DPW, Water, Sewer, Health and Senior services. As it is, our seniors are being taxed out of their homes and we’ve got the highest commercial tax rate in the area. That’s not acceptable.”
Tully Stoll has worked during her three plus years on the Board of Selectmen to preserve open space, streamline processes for the business community, and respond quickly to neighborhood concerns. “We can be business friendly and neighborhood friendly at the same time and we need to be,” she said.
She concluded by saying, “The only way to accomplish our goals will be by working together. Not the school side or the town side, not the north and south, not the businesses and the residents. But as ONE FRAMINGHAM working together for everyone. I’ve proven that I can do that as your Selectman, and given the chance, I will continue to do so on the Council.” To learn more about Tully Stoll, click here www.tullystoll.com.
Stefanini Kicks Off Mayoral Campaign
On Tuesday, July 11, 250 diverse individuals joined John Stefanini as he kicked off his campaign for the first mayor of Framingham.
Over the past month I have personally knocked on more than 1,000 doors, said Stefanini at the event at the Framingham Elks.
“As neighbors share their thoughts, the subject of the recent Charter vote often comes up. Whether they voted Yes or No, they more often than not did so for the same exact reasons: concern about traffic and encroachment on our neighborhoods, rising property taxes, three vacant commercial centers and lack of support for local businesses, four underperforming schools, preservation of our open spaces and lack of accountability,” said Stefanini. “I pledge to you that I will work each and every day to ensure that the fears of those who voted NO never occur and the hopes and aspirations of those who voted YES are fully realized.”
Speakers at the event include former Selectman Dennis Cardiff, who spoke about serving with John on the Board of Selectmen; Susan Craighead, who spoke about how John is ready for the job on day one; Representative David Linsky (D-Natick), who spoke about John’s dedication to Framingham; local small business owner Rachel Rubin, who spoke about John’s vision for the future; and he was introduced by his daughters, Kristina and Julia. To learn more about John and his campaign, visit johnstefanini.org.
Neves-Grigg Kicks Off Mayoral Campaign
God bless America – God bless Framingham! It is so wonderful experiencing the freedoms of democracy, directly! I had a wonderful kickoff last night (Thursday) at the Elks, and I appreciate all those who braved the rain to attend,” wrote Benjaman Neves-Grigg to Framingham Source. “Thank you from my heart. As I spoke last night, my campaign is not about ME! It is about FRAMINGHAM and its future as a city! I have the ability and the tenacity to be the guy you want to set-the-sail for the future! Please vote and support my campaign for a new start in Framingham, the CITY.”