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FRAMINGHAM – Gloria Pascual, Vice-Chair of the Framingham School Committee, announces her candidacy for Councilor At-Large in Framingham.
“I’m running for one of the two at-large seats on the City Council to help Framingham move in a more productive direction. It’s time to put progress over politics,” Gloria said. “Since becoming a city, Framingham is still trying to figure out how the new government structure operates, how to work together, and how to prioritize initiatives and deliver quality services while controlling costs and taxes. The answers are pretty clear to me. We need to:
● Focus on doing the work
● Include more people in the process
● Accept the learning curve of being a new city
● Consider different views and creative ideas
● Treat everyone with respect
● Be accountable and hold others accountable
“I come to the table prepared. I ask the tough questions, lead with integrity, and strive for results. We owe that to the people we represent.”
Gloria was born and raised in Cambridge, MA. She earned a Master’s Degree in AppliedSociology from UMASS Boston and a graduate certificate from Boston University.
She started out in the healthcare industry as a bilingual case manager and then became the Executive Director of Family Caregivers in Boston overseeing registered nurses and social workers that deliver home care services to the elderly and people with disabilities across the state. Gloria is
currently the Director of Volunteer Services, Community Relations, Spiritual Care and the Telecommunications Departments at UMASS Memorial Health Care in Marlborough.
As a director in healthcare with vast experience working with families, seniors, and people with disabilities, Gloria Pascual knows how systems and policies can fall short when it comes to serving the public interest. For years she has stepped up to advocate for equity and social justice for all.
Gloria moved to Framingham with her husband and children in 2009. She was unaware of the Route 9 divide when they purchased their home. She was surprised to discover a stigma associated with the south side when she would tell people her address. It motivated her to become involved in the community and better understand the challenges that Framingham faces.
She served as a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee helping bilingual families navigate the special education system and then became Vice President of the Framingham High School PTO. She was elected to Town Meeting representing Precinct 18 and served as Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Education. As a Co-Founder of Framingham Families for Racial Equity in Education (FFREE), Gloria led efforts to raise the achievement level of all students while eliminating racial inequities.
In 2017 Gloria ran for School Committee winning 62% of the vote to represent District 8. She was elected Vice-Chair of the School Committee and serves as the Chair of the Racial Equity Subcommittee. Gloria also sits on the Student Achievement and Accountability Subcommittee.
Of the four candidates running for the two at-large seats, Gloria Pascual is the only one who lives on the south side of Framingham.
Gloria sees Framingham’s diversity as an underutilized asset. As a City Councilor she plans to inspire and recruit more people to serve on boards and commissions. With her knowledge and first-hand experience working with many segments of the population, she will bring a broader
perspective to the Council. She has expertise in business, education, and healthcare, as well as with students, families, seniors and people with disabilities. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Gloria will fill a void in the City Council which will benefit many members of the community who have
not felt well represented.
As the legislative branch of our city government, the City Council controls zoning bylaws. “I hear loud and clear that residents don’t want dense development all over the city,” said Pascual. “People are concerned with the number of apartments being built and the very high rents. They
want housing that fits in with neighborhoods and is priced within reach for young families and retirees. I believe we should be adopting zoning bylaws that preserve the character of neighborhoods and attract the housing that residents want.
One of the primary responsibilities of the City Council is to analyze and vote on the municipal budget which directly impacts property taxes. “Residents can count on me to scrutinize the numbers to look for cost savings and revenue opportunities,” Pascual said. “I believe it’s important for the council’s finance subcommittee to work closely with the city’s finance division and collaborate on budget development throughout the year. The result would be innovative and forward thinking ideas, as well as a less adversarial budget process squeezed into a short time frame in the spring.”
Gloria’s husband, children, and her 86 year old live-in grandmother are excited to launch this campaign together and share her passion for the community. She looks forward to earning your vote and having the opportunity to serve Framingham as a City Councilor At-Large.
For more information about Gloria and her campaign, please visit her Facebook, www.facebook.com/GloriaForFramingham, and her website, www.GloriaForFramingham.com, where you can read her comprehensive platform.
Please join Gloria’s team at her Campaign Kickoff on Monday, July 15 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Bella Costa Ristorante at 147 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701!