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As District 3 Councilor, I will be your strongest advocate, transparent and independent who will keep you involved and informed. We have been waiting four years for the city to address the safety of our streets, make our city greener, support our small businesses and do more for our kids’ future. We cannot wait any longer.
It is time for a new generation of Councilor with a different style – energetic and in the neighborhood focused on you and the district.
Meet Mary Kate
I am a resident of Pheasant Hill, small business owner, former public servant and pragmatic progressive.
I have spent my life in service of others, first by working for Governor Deval Patrick and more recently as a voice for change on topics such as public transportation, sustainability and growing our economy.
As District 3 Councilor, Mary Kate Will Focus On...
Advocating for our schools: Framingham has always supported our kids and our schools. Public education is one of our core values. I support the building of a new southside school so that no 6 year old is stuck on a bus for an hour going to and from school every day.
As Councilor, I will focus on policies and budgets that provide our kids with more opportunities to thrive, push for more funding to repair school roofs and buildings, and promote an environment where businesses grow, which in turn provides us with more financial resources for our schools.
Supporting our Small Businesses: For too long Framingham has been viewed as unfriendly for business. I am a small business owner and member of the Framingham Business Association (FBA) and know well about the struggles of our small businesses owners. The pandemic affects everyone, especially our local small businesses. Our economic development efforts are a mess – and now is the time to review our efforts, seek new ideas on attracting new businesses, and finally become a serious contender in MetroWest.
Tackling Traffic in Our Neighborhoods: From Millwood Street to Belknap Road to Pleasant Street to Waveney Road, speeding is an issue. Traffic has returned. These are problems that affect every neighborhood. I will work with you and the Traffic Commission to find solutions that will make our streets safer. That means I will stay on an issue until there is a resolution, speak up at meetings and be in constant communication with you as we work on the neighborhood’s issue. I will be a champion for fully funding the Traffic Commission and ensuring that Commission is citizen driven, instead of driving citizens away.
Expanding our Public & Mental Health: The effects of the pandemic will be with us for decades to come. Now is the time to invest in our public health. I support expanding our Department of Public Health by adding nurses to help with community health needs, like vaccines, and to ensure our DPH store front keeps more regular hours. Additionally, I will support new mental health programs and assistance in our schools and community, and age-friendly community initiatives for seniors, including supporting additional resources for the Council on Aging.
Greening the city: Framingham is behind other communities in our efforts to tackle climate change and become a more sustainable city. With a focus on reducing our carbon footprint by 2035, the city needs to develop a clear plan for installing of solar panels, introducing electric vehicles to the city fleet and installing charging stations around the city. Additionally, I support the establishment of a swap shop at the Recycling Center and a community-wide composting program.
Framingham has the potential of becoming the Hub of Trails in MetroWest. Working with our active bike and outdoor enthusiasts, let’s connects all of the trails that weave through the city together with signage and maintenance. I will never give up on bringing government partners together to develop a plan for acquiring, designing and opening rail trails, such as the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail and the Upper Charles Rail Trail.
What Our Neighbors Say about Mary Kate....
"Mary Kate is a worker. She spent the entire summer knocking on doors and engaging with voters in our district regarding their concerns and issues that they care about. As our city moves forward and recovers from the mismanagement of the past few years, our district deserves a hands-on councilor who will roll up her sleeves, do the work and respond pro-actively to the issues that affect us."
-Cheryl Tully Stoll, former Councilor at Large
"She is an active member of the Framingham Business Association and understands the needs of our business community. She is ready to roll up her sleeves and work towards a Framingham that supports local small businesses in every part of the city. She knows that a vibrant economy means more support for our public schools, our parks and recreation, and city services."
-Chris Connolly, local business owner
"Mary Kate believes in Framingham, and believes that real change is possible. However, real change can only happen when you have the right people at the table – people who are willing and able to challenge others in a productive manner, people who can set aside their personal friendships and political alliances in favor of what’s right for our city, and people who look first to how we can come together as a community to accomplish things instead of why things can’t be done. "
-Scott Wadland, former School Committee member, D3
"Mary Kate has a passion for making the world and her community a better place. She put the gas in our engines to keep pushing for this first safe, enclosed, dog park in our city. We are all Framingham. I’m looking forward to seeing what else she can do. "
Framingham Firefighters IAFF Local 1652
"Mary Kate understands the issues the affect firefighters and the City of Framingham. She has a proven history of putting the Citizens of Framingham and their issues first. Mary Kate will bring her wealth of experience to the City Council and help make a difference day one for the citizens of District 3."
“September’s endorsees are the present and future leaders of this country...these endorsees will proudly serve in positions of leadership to strengthen their communities and the Democratic party as whole.”
Information about District 3
District 3 contains Precincts 4 & 7
Brophy School, 575 Pleasant Street
All vote by mail/absentee ballot applications must be received in the City Clerk’s Office in the Memorial Building (150 Concord Street), by 5 p.m., on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Click here to obtain an application.