As per the SOURCE election policy, the following is an election announcement by John Stefanini. It is published as received. Unless there is a need for a primary, the election will be held in November 2019.
Editor’s Note: The candidate did not submit any photo with the announcement so a SOURCE file photo was used with this submission.
FRAMINGHAM – John A. Stefanini, an educator and attorney, former State Representative and selectman from Framingham, today launched his campaign for District 8 Councilor.
“We need to recommit ourselves to achieving the transparency and participation that good government requires to advance the social, economic and environmental justice that our community deserves,” stated Stefanini.
“We have much work to do. It starts with working together in a respectful process. We must do better!”
As Councilor, John will be a strong voice for the issues and concerns long ignored by our municipal government. He will work to promote and support the fledgling Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association and Waushakum Pond Association, collaborate with the police department and Traffic Commission to identify creative solutions to local traffic concerns, and insist on more diverse, representative appointments to our municipal boards, commissions and committees.
As a Councilor, Stefanini will support appointments, budgets and policies that will:
- Increase the quality and positive outcomes of our schools;
- Encourage Smart Growth economic development;
- Strengthen the character, security, vitality and environmental integrity of each of our neighborhoods;
- Improve the community’s collective health by curbing substance abuse;
- Make efficient use of taxpayer resources to keep our costs affordable;
- Respect and celebrate our diversity;
- Advocate for strong sustainability programs to reduce our carbon footprint;
- Preserve open spaces and increase recreational opportunities; and,
- Work together to ensure the promise of our Charter — a more open, transparent, ethical and participatory local government — is fully realized to all of our benefit.
“I have spent my entire life collaborating with others to make Framingham a better place. I have served, taught and worked in public policy and municipal government my entire professional life, and I am eager to put this skill set to work for my neighbors,” said Stefanini.
A native of Framingham, former State Representative Stefanini is the youngest of five sons of a stonemason and school nurse. He is a graduate of Framingham South High School, the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, the New England School of Law, and Loyola’s International Law Program in Rome.
After graduating college, Stefanini returned home to teach high school social studies and later served five terms as State Representative and two terms as our Selectman.
During his tenure, Framingham saw: the opening of new schools and construction of new Police, Fire and Public Works facilities; adoption of Education Reform & Financing Law; decline in crime rates and establishment of community policing; the creation of four parks and expansion of Callahan State Park; the introduction of curbside recycling; the formation of the MetroWest Health Foundation, Salute to Framingham celebration and Community Prayer Breakfast; and dramatic cost savings and significant increases in our commercial tax base.
In recognition of John’s work with the Brazilian community, he was inducted into the Ordem de Rio Branco by Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardozo.
Stefanini’s current legal practice focuses on real estate, government affairs and public administration. Until recently, he was an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk Law School.
John and his wife Cecilia raised their two daughters, Kristina and Julia, who attended Framingham Public Schools, on Bethany Road.