As per the SOURCE election policy, the following is an election announcement by Joseph Norton. It is published as received. Unless there is a need for a primary, the election will be held in November 2019.
FRAMINGHAM – Joseph Norton, a lifelong resident of Nobscot active in our school community, announces today, April 29, his candidacy for District 1 Councilor.
“I understand the needs of the business community, our schools and the residential taxpayer,” said Norton. “Having been active in our schools and the neighborhood, I know how important collaboration and being accessible to neighbors is to the future success of Framingham. I am excited to bring my knowledge and record of community involvement to the Council.”
As District 1 Councilor, Norton will:
- Encourage “smart” growth of Framingham: The future of Nobscot is of concern for everyone not only in District 1, but all of Framingham. Norton pledges to work with the city and other stakeholders in an open and transparent way to encourage a plan for Nobscot, and other underutilized commercial properties, that makes sense for residents and businesses.
- Help local businesses thrive: Framingham is home to not only international companies, but local small businesses. We need to rid Framingham of its anti-business reputation by helping our small businesses thrive, and encourage new ones to start and grow here, while they create jobs and provide vital services to our neighborhoods. Growing our economic base is money for our schools and improving of quality of life. It will help keep Framingham affordable so seniors can stay in their homes, and encourage young professionals to put down roots in our neighborhoods.
- Preserve open space: District 1 is fortunate to have many parcels of open space. We need to do everything we can to ensure these treasures are around for future generations. As a city, we need to explore new policies and incentives for open space preservation.
Joe has been an active member of our school parent community. He is the Co-President of FPTOC (Townwide PTO).
He is the past President of the Hemenway Elementary School PTO and Vice President of the Walsh Middle School PTO.
Norton worked with Superintendent Bob Tremblay to create the Adolescent Mental Health & Social-Emotional Health Task Force, focused on improving resources to address the mental health needs of our students.
Norton is currently serving his first year as a member of the Planning Board.
He also serves as Associate Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Joe represented his Precinct 2 neighborhood in Town Meeting and was a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety.
He was a three term President of the Framingham Kiwanis Club and volunteered in numerous other organizations through the community.
Joe has been a lifelong resident of Framingham and lives with his two children, Shea and Hanna, on Water Street in the house where his family has lived since the early 1950’s.
Norton is the youngest of seven boys, son of a Firefighter and grew up working in the family’s fence business.
He attended Framingham Public Schools, Saint John’s High School and the Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University.
Norton is an experienced leader with over 25 years of success as a business owner and executive manager.
Joe is currently is a Realtor at RE/MAX Executive Realty.
If elected as the District 1 City Councilor, Joe pledges to be accessible.
“I will listen to you and your comments and concerns,” said Norton. “I will work diligently to represent and advocate for you. I look forward to this great opportunity to serve our community.”