POLITICAL CORNER: District 4 Council Candidate Hosting Event at Break the Silence 5K; Announcements From District 3 and 6 Candidates

Editor’s Note: This is the final Framingham Source political corner for the 2017 City of Framingham election season before the preliminary September 26 election. The Political Corner has been publishing on Saturdays. Campaigns and candidates could submit photos and press releases.

The next column will publish after the Sept. 26 preliminary election on Saturday, October 7. Deadline to submit is Friday, Oct. 6 at noon.

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PRESS RELEASE: Pillsbury Campaign Kickoff For City Council District 4

I invite you to join me at my campaign kick-off event on Saturday, September 23 from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Courtyard of SMOC’s offices at 7 Bishop Street.

Yes, that does say 7 a.m.!   It is campaign season here in Framingham, and as summer vacation ends, campaigning will really take off.  Everyone is doing campaign kick-off events, so I have decided to do one also, but I am going to take a different approach.

I am self-funding my campaign because I do not want to be beholden to anyone except my constituents while serving as your City Councilor from District 4. However I would like to invite those of you who would like to support my campaign, as well as every other candidate, to spend the hour or two you would have spent at my kick-off event at the 6th Annual Purple Passion Run/Walk to Break the Silence being held on Saturday, September 23 here in Framingham.  There are lots of important things we can chose to support. This one is personal to me as we lost Stephanie’s sister to domestic violence in 2013.  We miss Kim every day.

This event is a fundraiser for Voices Against Violence right here in Framingham, an organization that works with victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.  One of the biggest issues for victims is the fear and embarrassment associated with going public and telling someone what is happening.  This walk raises money for the issue, but more importantly, it calls attention to an issue that is too often hidden away and not discussed.  I ask you to consider joining us to raise your voice to break the silence that surrounds domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Here is a link a link to the walk event page where you can get more information.   https://www.firstgiving.com/smoc/purplepassion2017

This is a family friendly event on what hopefully will be a beautiful fall morning.   If the weather does not cooperate, the event will be moved inside.

Both the Framingham Unit of the League of Women Voters  (https://www.firstgiving.com/team/356049)  and my family (In Kim’s Name  https://www.firstgiving.com/team/357517 )   have a team that would welcome your donation, or you can just donate to the walk in general and not a specific team.  Please consider making a donation in some amount, and please join us for this important event here in Framingham.

With all the candidates running for office in this important election in Framingham we hear lots of voices discussing all the issues and the reasons a particular candidate is better than another.  If we can get all those voices raised together with one statement that we will not ignore this issue, you would hear us far beyond the borders of Framingham.

I hope to see you at my campaign kick-off event.  Let’s take a moment to stand together as candidates and raise our voices in unity while supporting this important work being done right here in our own town. We can do better, we should do better, and if we want to save lives, we must do better at addressing this issue.

For more information specific to my positions, please visit my campaign FaceBook page at  https://www.facebook.com/JimDistrict4/  and my Blog at http://jimpillsbury.blogspot.com/  You can also reach out to me via email at jamesmpillsbury@gmail.com


PRESS RELEASE: Ellinwood Says Thank You To Supporters and Wife

Over the last four months, I have worked tirelessly to learn how to run for city council and then to actually run. Well, technically a lot more walking than running door to door in District 6 (precincts 10 and 11) to meet and inspire you, while sharing my ideas and hopefully earning your vote. At times it went smoothly. Other times though, the work required perseverance and an ability to push myself far beyond my comfort zone. These are two key qualities that I will bring to the city if elected.

With our upcoming vote on September 26, I have started to look back with amazement at the quality of people we have here in Framingham. I would like to thank you for your interest in the race, taking the time to talk with me, and reading up on all that I have written on my Facebook page and the Source. For those of you who feel like I have earned your vote, I am honored. For those who decide to vote for another candidate, thank you for exercising your right to vote – not
everyone in the world has that ability.

I would also like to thank my supporters. From general advice, donating, hosting yard signs, or helping me canvass, each of these people are supporting the election of an educated and realistic voice for Framingham and District 6. When combined with the varied experiences of the other future council members, effective solutions and cooperation will result.

Finally, the most important person to thank is the love of my life, my remarkable wife Samantha.

From the very beginning of this journey, she has provided me with unwavering support and spent many hours diligently assisting the campaign. Most importantly, she has kept our little girl happy and safe while I am out canvassing for countless hours each weekend and during the week. She has even volunteered to campaign with me on Election Day. All of this while she is now 38+ weeks pregnant with our soon-to- be born baby boy. If you see her out there, please wave, but you may want to do it quickly, as labor may start at any time that day. Samantha – you are truly an amazing person and I would not be in this position without you.
Thank you!



Campaign Event With Steiner
Raisa and Wayne Stinson are hosting City Council candidate Adam Steiner on Monday Sept. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at their home at 7 Westview Road. Steiner is one of three candidates running for City Council in District 3. The two individuals with the most votes on Sept 26 will appear on the November 7 ballot.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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

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