District 9 City Council candidate William LaBarge
District 9 is Precincts 16 and 17
Editor’s Note: LaBarge chose NOT To answer the questions asked by Framingham Source. LaBarge and his opponent were both given more than 72 hours to complete the questionnaire below.
LaBarge submitted this response:
“I am not going to have these questions answered by 11:59 p.m. I like to give well-thought out answers. I have been focusing on the Fall Special Town Meeting and the associated Special Town Meeting that are coming up next week. … Just like whenever I get the Town Meeting Warrant I may not know how I will vote on each of the articles, I just don’t EXACTLY know on how I feel about each of the questions asked. With due respect, I rather give you nothing than what I consider to be BS-grade answers. This has been one soul-searching experience for me …”
Years lived in Framingham:
In less than 100 words, why should someone vote you to represent them as a City Councilor?
In less than 100 words, describe your district:
Website or Facebook page:
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 ___________________________ from the City of Framingham budget.
Do you support a split tax rate for businesses and homeowners?
Would you support the construction of a splash pad at Mary Dennison playground?
Would you support the creation of a dog park at Mary Dennison playground?
Framingham Public Schools are _____________________________.
Would you vote for a debt exclusion override to build a new Fuller Middle School in Framingham?
What business is needed in your district?
- What amenity is lacking in your district?
- Do you support the tax incentives for the new apartments that Town Meeting approved this year?
- Should Framingham become a sanctuary city?
- What is your favorite place in Framingham? (just one):
What is your favorite place in your district? (just one):
Life in District 9 is ____________________________________.
I will bring ___________________________ 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?
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?
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?
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?
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 __________________________________________.
QUESTION #6 – Do you think your district is safe? How will you work with Police to make sure residents in your neighborhood feel safe?
QUESTIOn #7 – As a city councilor, how will your support the businesses in your district?
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.
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?
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?
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?
QUESTION #12 – The biggest problem facing Framingham that no one talks much about is: _________________ And I would address it by: _____________.
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?