FRAMINGHAM – Mary Kate Feeney is Merriam-Webster’s definition of a political wonk (and I say this with great affection) – “a person preoccupied with arcane details or procedures in a specialized field.”
Her specialized field is Framingham. I dare anyone to ask a question to which she doesn’t know the answer. But more important than her knowledge is her understanding of Framingham. It’s one thing to know Framingham’s issues, but it is another to understand the intricacies and interconnections, the how and why of what Framingham is facing. That alone sets her apart.
It’s no secret that Mary Kate is one of my closest friends. What many people don’t know is how heavily I rely upon her.
Whenever I come up with a new idea for the Framingham Coronavirus Community Outreach group, Mary Kate is the first person I run it by. We both wait with baited breath whenever I tell her, “I have an idea.”
I’m the idealist and she’s the realist, and we make a great team. While I dream the idea, she knows if it’s feasible or if it’s a recreation of an existing wheel.
“Work smarter by using existing resources in place” is one of her frequent refrains.
That will be such a gift to our City Council – to use that understanding and knowledge of Framingham and be able to work collaboratively.
We’ve become used to certain phrases like “a progressive voice” and “a new voice.”
Being progressive entails more than saying you’re progressive.
Being a new voice doesn’t apply to the same voices we’ve been hearing from since before we were a City.
Listen to what Mary Kate is saying. Really look at what she is passionate about. You’ll find that she truly is a progressive new voice.
Earlier this week, I got a message from Mary Kate Feeney that read, “I will hit 50 miles of walking just in October alone.” She has knocked on 50 miles worth of doors just in October, listening to and engaging with District 3. She’s walked 50 miles in October alone because she cares. Being on City Council is meaningful to her.
Mary Kate Feeney simply was born for politics. Give her a chance. You won’t be disappointed, and we all will be better for it.