OP-ED: Charting A Path For Framingham’s Future

The first city election in Framingham’s history has provoked a great deal of passion.

Everyone is chiming in to discuss favorite candidates, key issues, and significant concerns about the challenges we face. At times, the intensity of these feelings has been overwhelming. However, this energy can serve the City of Framingham well, in particular if our newly elected officials are able to transform this passion for candidates into a passion for the future of Framingham.

If I am elected city councilor for district 3, I will call on my fellow council members, our first mayor, and the school committee, to join me on a series of public forums and tours, district by district, beginning immediately after the election, so that we can maintain and build on the momentum created by the election. We need to send a clear message to every resident of Framingham that we are in this for you – whether you voted for us or not – and that we are prepared beginning on day one to represent your needs and interests.

With a committed and proactive city council that promotes resident engagement, Framingham is on the path toward a brighter future, a Framingham renaissance, which coincides with our transition to a city.

Make no mistake, Framingham is already a great place in which to live, to work, and to visit – but our best is yet come.

In fact, I would argue that Framingham is in many ways perfectly positioned to lead the way as the great progressive community in Massachusetts. There are a number of reasons why I am confident that Framingham’s future is so bright:

1. The city election has energized the unique diversity of people that are the heart and soul of Framingham.

2. Organizations like the Downtown Renaissance have shown us in practice how a collaborative effort of residents, officials, and private businesses can produce meaningful changes in policy that make a real differences

3. Despite significant challenges, our school system remains excellent and we have the leadership in place to maintain this excellence.

4. We have a number of undeveloped projects that with the right foresight, and a strong resistance to dense residential development, will produce additional revenue to support the great services we enjoy and will help to bring our community together.

5. Though we have lost some important open space, in particular the Millwood Golf Course, we have many community resources that will remain Framingham treasures. Among these are Callahan State Park, the Danforth Museum, and Farm Pond including our first town skate park.

It is thrilling to be one of the candidates for our first Framingham city government. As a child, I always thought that Framingham was the best town around and that enthusiasm is what inspired me and my wife Kerry to raise our family here. This city transition has set the stage for a great Framingham to become even better – and I would be honored to help lead that effort.

Adam Steiner

Candidate for City Council District 3

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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

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