There are five key issues that are central to my drive to serve as City Councilor:
• To recognize and build on Framingham’s unique strengths. Too often, the dialogue around our community focuses on our challenges. There are so many positives to build on including successful new restaurants downtown, a beautiful new library, an excellent school system, and more!
• To provide an assertive check on the power of our new Mayor. The city council must work as a partner with our chief executive, but also be prepared to push back whenever necessary to ensure all voices are heard.
• To push aggressively for improvement of properties such as Nobscot Plaza. These need to be addressed with an open mind, but with wariness towards unfettered development. Above all, owners of empty plazas need to be held accountable for the condition of their properties now and going forward.
• To maintain essential support for our city departments including the schools, public works, parks and recreation, and public safety while recognizing the increasing demands placed on our town’s taxpayers.
• To preserve – and expand – community amenities including Callahan State Park. Open space is critical to our town’s strength. Cushing Park provides a terrific example of how thoughtful management and improvement of a town asset has enriched our quality of life.