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FRAMINGHAM – Today, I announce that I will not be seeking re-election to the Framingham City Council in the fall election.
Serving the people of Framingham as an elected official has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. Sharing your achievements and heartaches; helping resolve some of your difficulties, and helping guide our town and city toward a more prosperous future has been both humbling and rewarding.
Representing you in your local government has brought me great joy.
Were I to move forward for re-election at this time, I would be undertaking my fourth campaign in five years. While I am blessed by the fact that my wonderful husband supports that course, I think it best that I take some time for other things over the next few years.
Recently, I have been named Agency Marketing Director for the Commercial Real Estate firm I am affiliated with and there are not enough hours in the day for all that needs to be done; let alone running a city-wide political campaign on top of that.
I am very proud of Framingham’s accomplishments during the nearly five years I have served in office.
In that time, municipal leaders, employees, and volunteers working together for the good of Framingham, have:
Made tremendous progress toward the revitalization of our downtown
Replaced a self-serving and dysfunctional school administration with one that is sincerely focused on the achievements of our students
Renovated Village Hall, making it accessible to everyone and further preserving our first town hall for future generations
Found a way to help the Danforth Museum move into a permanent home and achieve long-term financial viability
Succeeded finally, in securing state funds to build a new Fuller Middle School thus giving all of our children a more even playing field from which to launch their future success
Expanded services at the Callahan Center and our public library branches with the help of many volunteers and staff members alike
Created more biking and walking paths
Built a new skate park
Built a new library
Renovated Loring Arena
Hired a Sustainability Manager to begin concentrated efforts to reduce our city’s carbon footprint and save our taxpayers money
Finalized and implemented a plan for replacing the embarrassingly out-of-date Saxonville fire station
Set aside $1 million dollars toward the rehabilitation of the Athenaeum
Gotten closer to cleaning up legacy pollution at Mary Dennison Park and to creating a park that meets the needs of its neighbors
Rehabilitated and improved the commuter rail station and parking lot, in partnership with other government and private agencies to assist our Transit Oriented Development goals for our downtown
Changed our form of government and made the transition from town to city without our community seeing any interruption in services
Generated an excess tax levy capacity of 5.75% which is tens of millions of compounded dollars that both our residential and business taxpayers have saved and will continue to save annually. In fact last year, your first City Council did not increase the tax rate at all; the first time since Proposition 2.5 passed in 1980—39 years ago.
And hopefully, we have found a way to save Eastleigh Farm for the benefit of the public.
am announcing my plans this far in advance to give potential candidates as much time as possible to evaluate whether they want to run. The people of our community deserve the best representation, and I believe that my announcing this early, will give you the greatest opportunity to find that.
This seat, like all seats in our government, whether they be elected, appointed, or employees; belong to the people of Framingham.
Our job is to put you first and serve your interests, make sure your needs are met and to actively respond to your concerns regarding the way our city is run. I hope that I have been successful in doing that.
I will continue to work on your behalf with the same dedication I always have until the conclusion of my term on December 31st.
After that, I will still only be a phone call or email away if there is anything I can do to help Framingham. My commitment to our community is as strong as it always has been.
Again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you. It has been a wonderful gift.