Municipal Holiday Petition
Term Limit Petition
Absentee Voting Petition
Welcoming Town Petition
Redistricting Petition
BAT #12 Bus for Randolph
Presidential Decorum Petition
Free School Meals Petition
    Randolph Petitions > Welcome

    The following five petitions are active in 2021:

  • Municipal Holiday Petition: Randolph enjoys the highest racial and ethnic diversity of any municipality in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts -- let's celebrate our diversity with official recognition!

  • Term Limit Petition: Some of our Town Councilors have been in office since Randolph became a city over a decade ago. The President of the United States is limited to eight years -- how about some term limits on the Randolph Town Council and Randolph School Committee?

  • Absentee Voting Petition: The 2020 elections saw the highest voter turnout in American history -- because of rules to make it easy to vote in the pandemic -- let's apply those same rules to future municipal elections.

  • Welcoming Town Petition: How do we improve relations between the police and Randolph's many new immigrants? Let's start by clarifying the rules that local police won't ask about immigration status.

  • Redistricting Petition: Randolph has not had a resident in the State Legislature for decades. We can fix that when redistricting after the 2020 census.

  • BAT #12 Bus for Randolph: The BAT #12 bus runs the length of North Main Street in Randolph but disallows passengers; this petition would add a new bus route!

    The following two petitions are from before 2021 (no longer active):

  • Presidential Decorum Petition: (2020) Our Town Council President abused his power and abused his colleagues. This petition asked him to step down (and the Town Council acted successfully to do so).

  • Free School Meals Petition: (2018-2019) Our School District became eligible for universal free breakfast and lunch. This petition asked the School Committee to implement universal eligiblity to replace individual student applications (and the School Committee acted successfully to do so).

What are Randolph Petitions?

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution includes the right of the people "to petition the government for a redress of grievances" -- but how exactly do people do that for Randolph municipal government?

Well, there's a petition process laid out in Randolph's Town Charter, section 3.6 and 3.7. Our organizations, Randolph United and the Randolph Foundation for Education with help from the Randolph Democratic Town Commitee and ORMA-Randolph, began the first Randolph petitions in 2018. Jesse Gordon became the first citizen of Randolph to exercise the right to a "Charter Petition," submitting the School Meals Petition to the Randolph School Committee in July 2019.

That means we established a new voice for the people of Randolph -- a means to be fully heard by our elected officials -- here's how it works:

  • Under charter section 3.6, the people of Randolph can petition for a public hearing with either the School Committee or the Town Council. The Randolph Foundation for Education (RFE) wrote a petition in 2018 for a School Committee hearing on instituting free breakfast and lunch for every student at every school in Randolph, based on an idea discussed with the School Superintendent in late 2017.

    Click here for a full description of the Community Eligibility Option, in which Randolph could prticipate and save $20,000 per year in budget costs.

  • We then organized volunteers (April through July 2019) to gather the 150 signatures required from registered voters, and "pre-certified" the signatures to reach the target 150 (we actually gathered over 200 signatures, but they have to be registered to vote).

    Click here for a copy of the School Committee petition

  • We then submitted the petitions for certification -- that required consulting with the Town Clerk, the Town Attorney, and the School Administrator, to define the rules of exactly how the process worked, since this was the first Charter Petition. That included making up the term "Charter Petition," to differentiate from citizen's ballot initiatives and other types of petitions.

    Click here for a Randolph Herald article Randolph ed group fills school meals gap, pushes for change.

  • Jesse Gordon and other RFE members then appeared on RCTV at a School Committee meeting (July 25, 2019) to explain the process and present the petitions, which had then been certified by the Town Clerk. The issues were outlined there -- the scope of the tasks for the Community Eligibility program; the cost savings for future school budget; and how to close the past budget gap. There will be a full public hearing within the next couple of months, to discuss the issues in more details, and to allow for full public input (with back-and-forth discussion, and without the usual three-minute time limit, for "Public Speaks"!).

  • We chose Charter Section 3.6 as the guide instead of Charter Section 3.7, which would require a School Committee vote instead of just a public hearing. The RFE interacted with the School Committee members and the School Superintendent, well before submitting the Charter Petition, and knew that a public hearing was sufficient to accomplish the goal of participating in the program. We have worked with other groups to submit other Charter Petitions since then and in the future -- let's use our new voice!

Contact: Jesse Gordon 617-320-6989 by text; jesse @ jessegordon.com by email; P.O. Box 480, Randolph MA 02368
Petition Home > Jesse Gordon Home