As per the SOURCE election policy, the following is an election announcement by Cheryl Gordon. It is published as received. Unless there is a need for a primary, the election will be held in November 2019.
FRAMINGHAM – I am excited to announce my candidacy for District 5 City Council.
I am a lifelong Framingham resident, 22 year homeowner in District 5, and I have two sons who attend the Framingham Schools (Jimmy is in 5th grade at McCarthy and Charlie is in 10th grade at FHS). My parents (a retired teacher and engineer/business owner) also both own homes in Framingham.
With 2 year terms for District Councilors (and a 6 month long campaign season), and half of the council not seeking re-election, we are at a critical juncture. It’s important we elect District Councilors with a broad knowledge of our government, who understand both short term and long term issues our city is facing, know who to contact for quick resolution of various constituent issues, and can hit the ground running on Day 1. There is NO time for experiments; it’s time for experience.
I was elected to serve on the School Committee during the transition from town to city in 2017. I was a TMM for 12 years and served as Chair of the Public Safety Standing Committee. I have followed the work of the Planning Board and ZBA for decades and am closely following the recent development around our new city and our district, including the upcoming construction of a new Fuller Middle School and the new apartments bordering District 5. I will continue to update my Facebook page on school, municipal, and community news as I have done for a few years.
I have my B.A. from Framingham State and spent 25 years working in the corporate world. I am a licensed real estate agent and recently became a REALTOR® at Keller Williams Realty in Framingham working with an amazing group of real estate agents.
Things I will work hard to protect:
• Protecting our Older Adults and our Veterans. I will never take any vote that negatively impacts our Senior Center or our Veterans. I will always vote in support of enhancements for services for Older Adults and Veterans.
• As a Member of the Framingham Business Association, I am supportive of our local small businesses, including ensuring the rules for signage and other business necessities are fair to those who are trying to thrive and compete in our community. I support the recent loosening of the signage rules and look forward to making Framingham even more business friendly.
• I will always ask my constituents how they feel about controversial topics before casting my vote on the Council. Since we became a city with a representative government, I think this has been a missing element in some areas, and I will do my part to ensure the true spirit of representation that the Charter intended is fulfilled.
• I will work hard towards building a better relationship between the legislative and executive branch. I do not have a magic wand, but I believe both sides will need to be open to negotiation, compromise, and respect, and I look forward to having a role in that progress.
In the District 5 race, I believe I am the candidate who is most uniquely qualified with a broad range of government and work experience and will most effectively serve and represent you on Day 1.
You may call or text me at (508) 733-1647.
Please follow my page to learn more: https://www.facebook.com/CherylForCityCouncil5