As per the SOURCE election policy, the following is an election announcement by District 5 School Committee member Noval Alexander. It is published as received. Unless there is a need for a primary, the election will be held in November 2019.
FRAMINGHAM – Today, I enthusiastically announce my candidacy for City Council to represent the heart of Framingham, District 5 (precincts 8 & 12).
As your City Councilor, I will continue to encourage collaboration, creativity and open communication among elected officials, and between residents and their government.
I believe we need to discuss the complex issues and challenges facing our district and community in an honest, civil and respectful manner.
I have a proven record of collaboration. As a retired veteran, serving our country for 25 years in the Army Reserves, including two tours of active duty, I know first hand the importance of teamwork and listening to one another. During my military career it was imperative to work as a team to successfully complete a mission because lives depended on it. I’ve continued to work in that same vein as an educator, and in my current role on the Framingham School Committee.
Creativity is part of my DNA. I pledge to always strive to seek new, innovative ways to solve problems facing District 5 and Framingham.
My aim is to help bridge the divide within our community and inside the Memorial Building in a civil, respectful manner.
Starting on January 1, 2020, I will be ready, SET, go:
- S is for forging improved Synergy on the Council with the Mayor’s Office. We need to tackle the issues facing our seniors, our kids, our families and overall quality of life head on, in an transparent, honest and respectful manner. We owe it to our neighbors to bring our best and creativity to the table.
- E is for developing responsible Environmental initiatives. Framingham is a wonderful community, but there is much more we can do improve our sustainability. Preserving open spaces and waterways, installing solar panels on municipal properties, introducing electric vehicles into the city fleet are initiatives we need to explore and implement.
- T is for tackling long standing Transportation and traffic woes within our community Framingham. Route 9, Main Street, Prospect Street, Union Avenue, Mt. Wayte, Franklin Street, Warren Road and Maple Street are all major roads in Framingham – and all are found in our district. We have to ensure these major roads are safe for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike.
During my tenure on the School Committee, I serve as Chair of the Digital Infrastructure Subcommittee.
Working with my colleagues and the Administration, we expanded WiFi access after hours inside school buildings. Since its launch at the beginning of the school year, parents and students alike have benefited from this expanded access.
One of my proudest achievements is serving on the School Building Committee, and working with my fellow members and parents on the successful “Yes for Fuller” campaign. It was a true group effort, focused on rallying a community behind building a new school in our district, that will be the crown jewel of 21st century effective teaching and learning for future generations.
Besides serving on the School Committee, I was recently appointed by Senate President Karen Spilka to the Citizens Commission, to advocate for a potential constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United.
I am a proud graduate of the former Framingham South High School and later the University of Texas at Austin, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in government.
I am a substitute teacher in the towns of Needham, Wellesley, and Natick. More importantly, I am the proud father of two children.
Over the next six months, I look forward to talking and listening to your ideas and concerns facing our neighborhoods. I am ready to lead, set to cooperate and get things done for Framingham.