LETTER: Giombetti’s Experience Needed on Framingham’s First Council

District 5 is fortunate to have two outstanding candidates for City Council in the upcoming election; Dennis Giombetti and Robert Case.

On November 7, I encourage District 5 voters to elect Dennis Giombetti to serve on our inaugural City Council.

Dennis has been active and involved in Framingham affairs for decades now.

Dennis first served on our Finance Committee where he worked hard and was well respected by his colleagues.

In 2005, Dennis joined our Board of Selectmen where he served for nine productive and effective years.

Dennis is thoughtful, intelligent, hardworking and totally devoted to his home town, and soon to be city, of Framingham. Dennis is a gentleman and a true leader. He is a man of deep convictions and principles and is a true man of his word.

I got to know Dennis during my 5 years of service on the School Committee followed by a year serving as a colleague of his on the Board of Selectmen.

In 2010, we each served as Chairs of our respective boards. The recession was starting to hit the Framingham budget hard and I worked closely with Dennis to ensure that the Framingham Public Schools would be supported even in the difficult budget times we faced. Dennis was a strong supporter of our school system and with his assistance we were able to secure a budget for Framingham higher than what had originally been recommended.

As a colleague of Dennis on the Board of Selectmen in 2013, it was Dennis and I along with the Town Manager Bob Halpin and then Assistant Town Manager Jen Thompson who crafted the first set of guiding principles for what would become the highly successful Team Framingham program.

Dennis was so moved by the events at the 2013 Boston Marathon that he was an eager participant in transforming the allocation of the much sought-after Boston Marathon entries allocated to Framingham by the BAA to the program we have in place today. A program that has raised close to $280,000 for charities in its first 4 years and which has given 88 town residents and town and school employees the
opportunity to participate in this hallowed race.

On November 7, given our new district council system, there will be many new faces who will be elected to serve at the table of governance.

The City of Framingham needs Dennis Giombetti to be at that table, lending his knowledge, experience and commitment to the difficult task of transitioning Framingham to the great city we all know we can be.

A vote for Dennis Giombetti by District 5 voters is a vote for Framingham’s future and for the successful transition to our new city form of government.

I wholeheartedly endorse Dennis Giombetti for District 5 City Council and encourage all residents of Precincts 8 and 12 to cast a vote for Dennis on November 7th.

Michael Bower

Former Selectmen

Former Framingham School Committee member

Framingham

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