FRAMINGHAM – District 5 City Councilor and current Chair of the 11-member City Council Dennis Giombetti will not seek re-election in 2019.
“First I would like to thank my supporters for giving me an opportunity to serve in our new city government. It was always my intent to serve one term on the City Council,” said Giombetti.
“My campaign for council was in part based on the platform to offer my experience and skills to help make for a smooth transition to a city form of government. I think the City Council has made that transition, we have fulfilled our responsibility to be the checks and balance to the executive branch, and as important we as a new council have worked well together,” said Giombetti. “As Chair I believe I had an influence on these positive aspects of the transition.”
“In addition, I think we displayed far more agreement than disagreement among council members on policies and topics. There was certainly a healthy level of disagreement, and as important demonstrated capability to attain compromise among councilors. Very important in all city council deliberations and actions the council performed them in a completely transparent manner. I as Chair and the council made transparency a top priority,” said Giombetti.
The news of Giombetti not running means only four of the current 11-member City Councilors will seek re-election in 2019. All were elected to a 2-year term in 2017, along with Mayor Yvonne Spicer, who was elected to a 4-year term.
Councilors who will run for re-election are at-large City Councilor George P. King, District 3 City Councilor Adam Steiner, District 4 City Councilor Mike Cannon, and District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard.
SOURCE contacted each of the 11 Councilors in the past 10 days to ask if they would seek re-election.
The first City Council might best be described as “building a new legislative branch,” said Giombetti.
“A great deal of time and effort was spent building the foundation basics, such as finding office space in city hall, creating a City Council website landing page, establishing council rules, establishing subcommittees, creating a processes for council orders, shaping the internal group dynamics of the council itself, hiring staff as well as developing a relationship with the Mayor and the Executive Branch. I believe as the first ever Council Chair I played a role in forging that foundation,” said Giombetti, who previously served as a Selectmen in the Town of Framingham.
“I think the promise of the Charter was realized in giving more focus to district issues especially in underrepresented areas and people of our city. Each councilor worked very hard in raising and solving district concerns,” asid Giombetti, who was one of the 9 individuals elected to serve as a Charter Commissioner, who ultimately voted to recommend a City form of government.
“I would be dishonest if I did not express my deep frustration with the Council relationship with the Mayor,” said Giombetti.
“I sincerely hope that moving forward lessons are learned and what I call the key success factors of good governing the 3Cs, collaboration, communication, and compromise become the hallmark of our government,” said Giombetti.
“Over the last several months of my term It will be one of my top priorities to continue to seek areas of collaboration in hopes that all parties will see the benefits of such activity and set the occasion for the next council to build upon those collaborative efforts,” said the District 5 City Councilor.
“In contrast I think the Council has worked well with our colleagues on the School Committee and across the school department. Again I believe I played a role in this collaboration,” said Giombetti.
“Although there will be significant turnover on the Council, as Chair I can assure everyone in the City that there is still much to be accomplished in the coming months and the current Council will fulfill our responsibilities to the very last day of our term,” said Giombetti.
“If I have a say, I am certainly not going away anytime soon. I will remain active in the community that I was born and raised, the community I have great love and passion for. It will just be in a role outside government rather than inside it,” said Giombetti. “I know my wife, daughter and grandchildren will see a lot more of me. Again I wish to thank everyone for their long time support. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the people of Framingham and District 5.”