District 1 City Council candidate Gerald Bloomfield
District 1 is Precincts 1 and 2.
Editor’s Note: If a question is blank, the candidate did not answer it.
Occupation: Retired engineer
Years Lived in Framingham: 44
Family (optional): Married, Children Grandchildren
Municipal experience: Multiple term Town Meeting member
In less than 100 words, why should someone vote you to represent them as a City Councilor?
Describe your district in less than 100 words: Once a very congenial place, now I’m not so sure. There is lots of improvement that needs to be done. Stay tuned.
Editor’s Note: Candidates were asked to provide one-word answers only. If there is no answer the candidate did not submit a response.
How much would you vote to increase (or decrease) the tax levy in your first year of office? 0
What business is needed in your district? Everything.
What amenity is lacking in your district? Nobscot and Pinefield re-done and upgraded
Should Framingham become a sanctuary city? No
Would you support the creation of a dog park in Framingham?
Should the dog park be in your district?
Would you support the construction of a splash pad in Framingham?
Should the splash pad be in your district?
Do you support a split tax rate for businesses and homeowners? Yes.
Would you vote for a debt exclusion override to build a new school in Framingham? Yes.
Do you support Framingham State purchasing the Maynard Building for its new partnership with Danforth Art? No
What is your favorite place in Framingham? (just one): Cushing Park
What is your favorite place in your district? (just one): Nobscot Mountain
Editor’s Note: Candidates were given up to 350 words to answer each question. Answers are copy & pasted into this report.
QUESTION #1: In your opinion, what is the biggest issue facing your district? How would you go about fixing it as a city councilor?
QUESTION #2: The Framingham Public Schools represent more than 50 percent of the total budget for the community. Would you support a level-funded budget, a level service budget, and increase in the school budget or a decrease in the school budget? Why?
We need to stop unfunded state mandates.
QUESTION #3: Traffic is a major issue in your district? How will you work with the neighborhood, other city councilors, and the new mayor to solve the problem.
Stop new developments until a complete traffic study is performed.
QUESTION #4 – Do You support the proposed plan for Nobscot plaza? Why or why not?
No, for lots of reasons. Again, stay tuned.
QUESTION #5 – What is your view of open space vs economic development for your district? Do you have the same view for the City of Framingham?
Can not have open space in one district at the negative expense of over-crowding in another district.
QUESTION #6 – Your district is home to some of the last remaining farms in Framingham? What will you do to as a city councilor to preserve the agricultural history of Framingham?
QUESTION #7 – Do you think Framingham is family friendly? Why or why not? What would you do to do make the community more inviting to families? What can be done in your district?
QUESTION #8 – In the last 18 months, the Danforth museum and art school was evicted from its home of decades, the Framingham Artists Guild had to find a new home, and recently dozens of artists including the Fountain Street Fine Arts gallery have left Framingham. How would you support the arts in Framingham as a city councilor?
QUESTION #9 – As a city councilor how ill your help bring new businesses to your district and to the community?
Making Framingham more affordable.
QUESTION #10 – How will you make sure that residents in your neighborhood have a voice in the new City of Framingham, if elected? Give specifics.
I will initiate VAC-I-VAT for District 1
QUESTION #11 – Your have a large geographic district, includings apartment and condo complexes, how will you get residents in your neighborhood more involved in their community?
I will initiate VAC-I-VAT for District 1
QUESTION #12: Framingham is a community of full of social, economic and cultural diversity. What can you do as a councilor to not only represent your district but to the bring the nine districts together as one City?
.Always reaching out, always communicating