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Brendan Fitzpatrick

October 19, 2023

City Council Candidates to Partake in Climate Forum on Saturday

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FRAMINGHAM - Candidates for the Framingham City Council will be on hand for a climate forum on Saturday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at First Parish along Vernon Street.

Most of the candidates in the running for seats this November will be in attendance at the event, which will be hosted by Energize Framingham. There, they will be asked questions from community members regarding topics such as federal and state funding being brought to Framingham for climate-related projects, the promotion of resiliency to climate change, and fossil-free construction. This event has been done in the past with both mayoral and council candidates.

Even with most of the City Council races not being contested this year, Community Lead for Energize Framingham Aimee Powelka said that it’s still important to get candidates on the record during this discussion on climate.

“There’s a lot of decisions that the City Council makes,” Powelka explained.

“There’s pros and cons that need to be discussed by the community, but at the end of the day: it’s a City Council responsibility.”

District 1’s Christine Long and Michael Cannon of District 4 will both be unable to attend to forum, according to Powelka. She added that those two candidates—who are both running unopposed—have been invited to make a video to be shown at the event outlining their thought on climate topics.

Powelka added that the forum provides a unique opportunity for residents to have their questions on this matter heard. Questions are screened by the event team prior to being presented to the candidates.

“We’ve had a lot of great response from different community members saying that they really think this is an important event, to hear from the candidates,” Powelka continued.

The event is free for the public to attend, and it will also be shown live on YouTube. For more details, visit Energize Framingham’s website by clicking here.

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