District 9 City Council candidate Edgardo Torres
District 9 is Precincts 16 and 17
Editor’s Note: If an answer is blank, the candidate chose not to answer it.
Occupation: Airline employee
Years lived in Framingham: Born and raised in Framingham
Family (optional): Daughter and granddaughter
Municipal experience: Former Town Meeting member
Volunteerism: American Red Cross
In less than 100 words, why should someone vote you to represent them as a City Councilor?
I am a community leader willing to go the lengths to represent my district and to make sure that we are all seen as one community.
In less than 100 words, describe your district:
District 9 is a unique place to live full of wonderful diversity and a caring passionate family oriented community.
Website or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ETorresCityCouncildistric9/
Editor’s Note: Candidates were asked to provide one-word answers only.
- How much would you vote to increase (or decrease) the tax levy in your first year of office?
- I would never cut Education from the City of Framingham budget.
- Do you support a split tax rate for businesses and homeowners? Yes
- Would you support the construction of a splash pad at Mary Dennison playground? Yes
- Would you support the creation of a dog park at Mary Dennison playground? Yes
- Would you vote for a debt exclusion override to build a new Fuller Middle School in Framingham? Yes
- What business is needed in your district? Childcare facilities and more retail.
- What amenity is lacking in your district? Transportation
- Do you support the tax incentives for the new apartments that Town Meeting approved this year? Yes
- Should Framingham become a sanctuary city? Yes
- What is your favorite place in Framingham? (just one): Callahan State Park
- What is your favorite place in your district? (just one): Mary Dennison Park
- Life in District 9 is Diverse.
- I will bring Diversity and transparency to the Framingham City Council
QUESTION #1 – In your opinion, what is the biggest issue facing your district? How would you go about fixing it as a city councilor?
Transportation and Representation.
The way I would fix it is working together with the new city government to establish a plan that would allow flexibility of a transportation schedule. For representation I would make sure that the people are equally represented and included in all aspects of any decisions being made.
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?
I would agree in an increased school budget because I personally feel that education is most important.
QUESTION #3 – Traffic is a major issue in your district. Access to transportation is an issue for many residents in your district. How can public transportation be expanded for your district? How will you work with the neighborhood, other city councilors, and the new mayor to solve transportation problems?
Like any other issue could be solved. Sit together pin-point any issues and come up with working solutions that better serves the needs of the community such as expanding routes and schedules.
QUESTION #4 – Your district is home to a large group of voters in which English is not their first language. If elected, how will you make sure the interests of these residents are heard and their needs met?
I believe that communication is an important factor of the community. I would make sure that proper tools are in place so that all members are the community is properly informed in their spoken language.
QUESTION #5 – The Framingham/Worcester commuter rail runs through your district. Do you support the transit-oriented development proposed for District 7, 8, and 9? Why or Why not? My vision for downtown Framingham would include __________________________________________.
Yes to TOD but it should be made for mix use.
QUESTION #6 – Do you think your district is safe? How will you work with Police to make sure residents in your neighborhood feel safe?
I personally feel that our district is safe and I will with the law enforcements to continue system that is in place and support community involvement.
QUESTION #7 – As a city councilor, how will your support the businesses in your district?
By encouraging local residents to take advantage of the local business in the area and by providing support to business owners with any needs they would have.
QUESTION #8 – Unfortunately, your district is home to several DEP and EPA clean-up sites. As a city councilor, how will you make sure residents in your district are informed, stay healthy, and the problems at those sites are resolved? Be specific.
We can start by giving proper notices of the current conditions of the environment. Many residents are unaware of this situation.
QUESTION #9 Do you think Framingham is family friendly? Why or why not? What would you do to do make the community more inviting to families?
I think Framingham could be more family friendly if more activities and family involvements took place such as fireworks, parades, carnivals, festivals and cultural events.
QUESTION #10 – Framingham is a community 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?
I would promote social and cultural events throughout the city that attract into one place.
QUESTION #11 – Voter turnout in Precincts 16 and 17, which comprised District 9 was at 15% and 9% on Sept 26. What can you do, if elected, to get more people involved in their district, including voting in local elections?
By reminding each fellow citizen how important it is vote in your local government elections and how their vote can significantly impact their community.
QUESTION #12 – The biggest problem facing Framingham that no one talks much about is: _________________ And I would address it by: _____________.
Communications and transparency.
And I would address it by: Being more open with the residents about the real issues in the community.
QUESTION #13 – The south side of town takes a lot of hits. If you were in charge of a PR campaign for the the area south of Route 135 what would the slogan be? How would you market the area to those in other Districts? What type of event would you organize to highlight the area’s strength? Where would you hold it? How would you make sure the neighborhoods south of Route 135 are not looked at as “inferior” to other parts of town? How will you make sure they get equitable services and respect?
I would promote a multicultural family and community event through arts, crafts and music and get involvements of everyone with different backgrounds.