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FRAMINGHAM – The voters of District 9 have elected me to be their voice on two important bodies in city government – first on the School Committee and then on the City Council. I have taken those responsibilities very seriously.
Historically, District 9 and the underserved populations of Framingham have had little voice and little power in the decisions that affect our neighborhoods and our city. Too often we have been overlooked and excluded, but not since I have been your City Councilor.
I assertively raise your concerns and bring your interests to the table at every meeting. I never allow District 9 to be ignored. I have made it my mission to garner respect and fair treatment for our residents. I am not afraid to have a different voice and stand my ground. I will always choose and vote what is best for the community. I collaborate with, and support the work of community organizations, programs, city departments, and true community advocates and activists to improve the quality of life for our residents.
District 9 has suffered decades of neglect and environmental abuse. We are reversing that now, and I will continue to do so as long as I am your City Councilor. While I support improvements throughout the City, I look for opportunities to direct investments and resources into District 9. In creating the City Council subcommittees, I advocated for the inclusion of public transportation as an area that warranted subcommittee oversight,
because of the impact transportation improvements would have on the lives of District 9 residents.
Attending City Council and subcommittee meetings is crucial for good representation. I research the issues, come prepared to listen, and consider all options to advance the interests of District 9 and all of Framingham. I am Vice Chair of the Ordinances and Rules Subcommittee, Vice Chair of the Public Health, Safety and Transportation Subcommittee, and a member of the Planning and Zoning Subcommittee.
The most gratifying part of the job is helping people. I have advocated for:
● MWRTA Sunday service – pilot program starts Aug. 7, 2021.
● Fair tax policy.
● Neighborhood vaccination sites in District 9.
● Funding and accountability for the Mary Dennison Park clean up and new design.
● Free Early Childhood Education.
● Rent Moratoriums during COVID.
● Increased diversity at all levels of city government.
● Educational equity for all our children.
● Social justice & tolerance.
● Fair employment practices and a healthy business climate in Framingham.
● Improved District 9 safety and beautification.
The hallmark of my work is collaboration and integrity. I will continue to work with our city departments and boards to improve the City as a whole, and the quality of life for my neighbors in District 9.
It has been my privilege to serve you and I respectfully ask for your vote to continue to do so.
District 9 City Councilor