Proven Leadership. Real Action. Our neighborhood advocate.

Our Neighbors Support John. Here is why...

“I am always impressed by John’s energy and work ethic. He knows our district. As a Councilor he asks tough questions and pushes for cleaning our environmental justice neighborhoods, expanding curbside composting, and beautifying our neighborhoods. He is my Councilor, and my friend.” 

Judy Grove, former D8 Councilor  

“John is a great neighbor. Having worked with him in the Coburnvile Tripoli Neighborhood Association, I have seen first hand how much he does for our neighborhood. When speeding was causing accidents nearly every week, John worked with us to get much needed traffic calming signs on different streets. This has made a big improvement for the safety of our streets. He doesn’t just talk about important issues, he gets it done.” 

Mary-Anne Tratchel

“John and I had the privilege of representing Framingham while serving together in the Massachusetts Legislature. John’s leadership, vision, and commitment to a fully participatory approach to governance has only made Framingham stronger. I have seen first hand his advocacy for his hometown, and Framingham continues to need his experience and leadership.” 

Dave Magnani, Former Massachusetts State Senator

“From his work with the Coburnville Tripoli Association to supporting Downtown businesses, John is always helping someone with a problem, or an idea. Our neighborhood needs his voice on the Council. Framingham is rapidly growing and we need an experienced leader who has a vision for that growth, the experience to bring people together and the work ethic to get it done.” 

Andrea Dunne Adrian 

“I was born and brought up in Framingham and have lived here for more than 80 years.

I have been involved in the PTOs, youth sports, town meeting, park and rec and the list is endless. As an active member of our community, it is vital to me to have someone who has the compassion and commitment to Framingham as I do.

I have known John Stefanini since he was a boy.  He grew up in our neighborhood and played with my children.  I have followed John’s career over the years and am so proud of the man he has become.

In my role as former President of the Bus Drivers Association, I worked closely with John on the Health Care Coalition. He worked tirelessly to bring Blue Cross and Blue Shield to Framingham.  This would end up saving the town 1.5 million dollars.  He worked hard making this happen and saving the town a lot of money not to mention bringing excellent health care to the town employees.  Any dealings I’ve had with John have always been honest and upfront.  He has always done what was best for the town of Framingham.

Like the saying goes, “Don’t forget where you came from!”  John has never forgotten his upbringing on the south side of town.

He has proven to be a real advocate for the residents from revitalizing the Hollis Street fire station into the Boys and Girls Club, creating Cushing Park, Merchant Road Park, and Roosevelt Park, to securing funding to rebuild McCarthy and Wilson Elementary Schools and creating a community police sub-station.

John has truly walked the walk and talked the talk.”

Sandy Merloni

“I write in reflection of serving with a great colleague, John Stefanini as my dear friend and former colleague on the Board of Selectman in the early 1990’s and the Charter Commission.  John and I both grew up on the deep southside of Framingham; I on Winthrop and he on Dow Street.  Our paths crossed at the nearby beach on Waushakum Pond where John was the infamous beach rat.  It was then I learned of John’s desire to be of help whenever he can and his ability to create a team approach to solving problems utilizing everyone’s individual talents.  

I know John as a dedicated individual with the desire to make Framingham a better place to live, learn, work and play.  John is leader of doers and has the keen ability to bring talented folks together to accomplish the necessary tasks of a public agenda.  He has always  worked tirelessly on your behalf and will continue to do so with his vast experience both in the public sector as a former four term State Representative and two term Town of Framingham Selectman as well as a long and exemplary career as an attorney, most recently with DLA Piper of Boston.

During our tenure together on the Board of Selectman and after my departure John was quite accomplished having collaborated with folks he was able to effect:

  • dramatic cost savings and significant increases in our commercial tax base;
  • opening of new schools and construction of new Police, Fire and Public Works facilities;
  • adoption of Education Reform & Financing Law, proving record funding and reform for our schools;
  • creation of the MetroWest Health Foundation;
  • decline in crime rates and establishment of community policing;
  • establishment of curbside recycling and paramedic level emergency services;
  • establishment of two sister cities: Lomonosov, Russia & Governador Valdares, Brazil;
  • creation of Cushing, Victory & Roosevelt parks and Merchant Road Soccer Complex
  • expanded open space at Callahan State Park and Wittenborg Woods; and
  • opening of the Boys and Girls Club.

John’s public and private careers have given him vast but deep rooted knowledge and experience. John is always prepared to work on your behalf to make this community one we are proud to call home."

Dennis Cardiff

"John has dedicated much of his life over the past many years to the betterment of Framingham and all of its neighborhoods. We are fortunate indeed to have someone like John  whose values and hard work will help maintain and improve the quality of life of our community."Jerry Desilets 

“As a life-long resident of Framingham, and the proud granddaughter of Framingham’s first female pediatrician, Dr. Jean Avery, I watched a true pioneer and trailblazer extend her entire life to helping deliver babies in our community. During my 12 years serving four Massachusetts state governors, I was honored to write Executive Orders and co-draft Chapter 149- a law guaranteeing work related leave rights to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. I served as the country’s first civilian advocate for survivors of domestic violence at the Framingham Police Department. This program, since replicated in hundreds of police departments across the state, would not have been possible without the advocacy and support of then Selectman John Stefanini, who worked tirelessly with the Department to secure funding.

While he was a state representative, I worked with him on groundbreaking legislation impacting victims of domestic violence. John was simply brilliant. As a father of two girls raised in Framingham, his dedication to women’s issues is part of his core.

John has been a life-long engaged member of our community. He listens and makes decisions. He surrounds himself with a diverse and talented group of men and women. Framingham continues to need John and his tireless advocacy.”

Jean Copeland Haertl

CEO, Safety and Respect at Work, LLC