Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Off to the races.. I'm running for City Council District 4



What qualities would you like to see in your first City Councilor from District 4?
How about: Smart, informed, fearless and respectful; willing to ask uncomfortable questions, especially when it comes to town spending and the performance of town departments; a skeptical and independent voice in deliberations. 
Sound good?  These are the qualities the MWDN listed as reasons that Jim Pillsbury, a longtime community activist, would make a good addition to the Board of Selectmen.  Jim has been a town meeting member for 6 years, and chair of Precinct 6 for 4 years.  Jim has served on the Rules, Ways and Means, Public Safety, and Education committees for town meeting and is well versed in the process of budget review and has lived in both south and north sides of Framingham since 1985.      
Jim served on the Board of Directors for Access Framingham, where he did a popular local access show, Jim Pillsbury Live, for 8 years; and a gardening show called Wicked Green; is a member of Amazing Things; and a founding member of the Framingham Chapter of the League of Women Voters.  Jim has supported the Salvation Army and United Way’s programs to feed the hungry, and has been a tireless supporter of the Walk to Break the Silence which supports Voices Against Violence here in Framingham for the last 4 years.
A Framingham resident for the last 20 years, Jim owns two homes in Precinct 6 and knows first-hand the impact financial decisions made by the town have on property taxes and the wallets of the residents.  With 5 grandchildren, he values the importance of public education.  As a soon to be retired senior citizen, he understands the importance of balancing quality of life with costs for services. Jim has a record of supporting school budgets, veterans programs, and environmental concerns while a town meeting member, and strongly advocated for allowing medicinal marijuana dispensaries here in Framingham.  He has also raised concerns over excessive sick time and overtime in some town departments.
In addition to his work at the town level, Jim has worked with Representative Chris Walsh in authoring the MA Hemp Farm Bill, which is currently working its way through the legislative process.
Jim has been a Senior Field Service Engineer working in the medical device field and research and development fields for his entire career.  His ability to recognize the cause of a problem and then quickly identify and implement the solution are skills that made him the “go to” engineer for issues in the field.  He will bring those same problem solving skills to the table as your City Councilor from District 4.
Although not a supporter of the Charter that made Framingham a city, Jim IS a supporter of making Framingham the best place to live in the state, and looks forward to helping to establish our city and working hard for the residents to make sure their voices are heard and respected in this process.
As Framingham transitions from the state’s largest town to the Commonwealth’s best city, we need the input of knowledgeable residents who see Framingham as a community for all, and a home for families, young professionals, and retired citizens.  Jim looks forward to continuing his work for Framingham and respectfully asks for your vote to be the first City Councilor from District 4.
Jim would like to hear your concerns and ideas and can be reached at jamesmpillsbury@gmail.com

18 Comments:

At May 2, 2017 at 2:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear it. If I were in your district, I would vote for you. But I am not, so good luck.

 
At May 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see some experienced TMs running for these city positions. Experience is not something we should ignore as we make these changes. I will be voting for you Jim, and I strongly encourage by fellow residents of your district to do the same

 
At May 2, 2017 at 4:34 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Thank you both for your support.
here's a link for those who may not know Prc 6 and 9
https://framinghamma.mapgeo.io/properties/082-36-1058-000?latlng=42.304927%2C-71.436912&selected=082-36-1058-000&themes=%5B%22voting-information%22%5D&zoom=13

 
At May 3, 2017 at 10:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard Mike Cannon is going to run for this seat also. You have my vote over him any day. he is a loose cannon who makes statements without knowing all the facts.

 
At May 3, 2017 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know who is running for mayor?

 
At May 3, 2017 at 5:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how this process will proceed? Will there be primaries? Will there be debates? Will there be any opportunities to hear candidates views in their own District? I don't need to hear all the rhetoric from all city councilor candidates, but I would like to hear it from whoever is running in my district, and who is running for mayor, and for the city wide councilor positions. In other words, I want to hear from the people who will appear on my ballot. Any one know how we will be able to do that?

 
At May 4, 2017 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Stefanini and 2 new comers Joshua Horrrigan and Priscila Sousa are running for Mayor. If all three get enough signatures (not an easy task) there will be a preliminary run off on Sept 26th. Framingham Source has been keeping a good track of who's running for the Council. Phil Ottaviani will run for District 6, Cheryl Gordon will run in District 5. At large council will be Christine Long, Joe Norton, Cheryl Tully Stoll and Samuel Mercurio. Twenty six people pulled papers so far.
The League of Women Voters Framingham will be sponsoring debates in October and if necessary debates for the primary. Stay tuned.

 
At May 4, 2017 at 8:58 AM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

http://framinghamsource.com/index.php/category/government/

 
At May 4, 2017 at 9:08 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

District 1 (Precincts 1 & 2): Denis Black, Charlie Sisitsky, and Joseph Norton.
District 2 ( 3 & 5):
District 3 (4 & 7): Kevin Crotty and David Palagi
District 4 (6 & 9): Mike Cannon and Jim Pillsbury
District 5 ( 8 & 12) Dennis Giombetti, Cheryl Gordon and Robert Case
District 6 (10 & 11): Phil Ottaviani
District 7 (13 & 14): Margareth Shephard, Bill Lynch, and Sylvia Ruiz
District 8 (15 & 18): Judy Grove and Jim Hansen
District 9 (16 & 17): William LaBarge and Laura Keith

 
At May 4, 2017 at 3:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the informative update Jim. One of the reasons I will be voting for Jim is that he is transparent and well informed, and shares what he knows with others.

 
At May 4, 2017 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For School Committee

The following individuals have pulled nomination papers:

District 1 (Precincts 1 & 2): Jim Kelly and Beverly Hugo
District 2 ( 3 & 5): Rick Finlay
District 3 (4 & 7): Sheryl Goldstein and Scott Wadland
District 4 (6 & 9): Jim Stockless
District 5 ( 8 & 12)
District 6 (10 & 11): Michelle Brosnahan
District 7 (13 & 14):
District 8 (15 & 18): Gloria Pascual
District 9 (16 & 17):

 
At May 5, 2017 at 3:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Mike Cannon the same guy who gave Judy Grove a hard time with the skatepark?

 
At May 5, 2017 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Him and Jason Smith I believe both gave Judy a tough time. Seems that many in the Charter Commission, including two of the three women, have a habit of being disrespectful to women in general, and older women in particular. This does not apply to Mike Cannon as he was mpt on the Charter Commission, but I hope residents will consider that when deciding who they want to represent the City of Framingham. Do we really want to endorse and support men who belittle women, and then say how strongly they support women? Does this sound like someone else in the political arena?

 
At May 8, 2017 at 8:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is not one mayoral candidate at this time that I feel I would be comfortable supporting. One has ties to Finneran who was a crook, one is recognized as the leader of a hate group, and two are new to the political arena and don't seem to have much experience that would make them a strong candidate. Just another election where we have to choose the lesser of the evils instead of choose a candidate we really support

 
At May 8, 2017 at 4:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to motivate people to get out and vote. with a low turn out the wrong candidates get elected. Promote knowledgeable voters and you get a better outcome.

 
At May 9, 2017 at 9:56 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

There maybe a surprise entry in the Mayor's race. Someone not connected to the machine or Beacon Hill, someone beyond reproach. Stay tuned.

 
At May 10, 2017 at 1:38 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

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At May 10, 2017 at 1:41 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...


So here she is:
From the source
http://framinghamsource.com/index.php/2017/05/10/spicer-pulls-papers-enter-framingham-mayoral-race/

 

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