Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Franklin Candidate for Town Council - Debbie Pellegri

Our schedules did not align to meet in person so Debbie Pellegri and I conducted our discussion via email. The results are shared here.

What is your Franklin Story?

Debbie Pellegri - I am a lifelong resident of Franklin. I’ve been married to my husband, Ron for 48 years. We have two children, Rona and Michael, four grandchildren, Maggie and Madi, twins age 13, Mason, age 10 and Grace age 9. My parents, Gemma and Dan Crosta, lived in Franklin all their married life. 
My dad was a police officer in Franklin for 30 years while my mother was always involved in committees when I was younger. 
They both showed me the importance of giving back to your community and perhaps that is why I have been involved in town affairs for many years.

What do you see as the challenge for the position that you are campaigning for?

Debbie Pellegri - The main challenge is to keep all 33,000 residents happy! While I know that no one person can do this, I will work hard to be opened and available to the residents. I have good listening skills and I believe that is what the residents want….a person they can talk with. 
So many times, residents believe they are kept out of the loop and no one listens to them. Residents need to remember that a councilor represents the whole Town and therefore, residents must understand that while we listen the outcome will be made in the best interest of the whole Town. 
We must all work together to continue to mover Franklin into a productive, safe and strong community. I want to keep Franklin a community that people look up to and are proud of the direction that we are moving towards.

What do you bring to the position that would set you apart from the other candidates?

Debbie Pellegri -  I have been your Town Clerk for the past 31 years working with all departments, committees, boards and commissions. My background will bring knowledge of these departments to the conversations regarding Town affairs. 
I am editor for the Town of Franklin Code Book working with General Code Publishers. This book contains all the bylaws and is available to the residents both in hard copy and on line. My job has been to update this book on an annual basis and by doing this, I am aware of what is being changed, deleted and updated. I will be able to answer questions for the residents and if not, I will be able to set them in the right direction. 
I will bring with me, an honest, hard working and professional attitude always looking out for the best interest of the Town of Franklin and all the residents.

If you have any follow up questions, you can contact Debbie at 508-528-5422.  

Noteworthy: This information is intended to help the Franklin voters when we all head to the ballot box on November 3rd. The interview candidates have had an opportunity to review the text before publishing to ensure the accuracy of our discussion. 

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