Editor’s Note: The letter was submitted on October 1 and published on October 3.
Tonight, I attended an excellent political event “The City We Want: Forum on Civic Engagement and Community” at the Friends Meetinghouse on Edmunds Road.
The outstanding moderator Ohad Klopman, who is a senior at Framingham High School, focused on the importance of voting.
The event was well-attended by many of the candidates running for position in Framingham’s new City government. Both Mayoral Candidates, John Stefanini and Yvonne Spicer were present.
Mr. Stefanini, who has a perfect voting record, spoke eloquently about walking into Framingham’s Town Hall and reading a Veteran’s plaque which bears the name of his uncle who died defending our country. He went on to talk about the privilege and responsibility we all have, to honor the memory of our veterans by exercising our right to vote. A lengthy and productive discussion ensued about getting more resident to register and to vote, including holding mock elections in our schools.
As was described in a Letter to the Editor published on Framingham Source on August 23, 2017: “Mayoral Candidate Spicer Has a Dismal Voting Record” Ms. Spicer, did not vote in Framingham’s local elections from 2004 to 2016 when she decided to run for Mayor.
Her background in education is the centerpiece of her platform but said not a word about this subject or any subject that was raised during the evening.
As a teacher she must be aware of the necessity of voting for our democracy to work I assume she was silent because she realizes she does not have the moral authority to tell others that they should vote.
Framingham’s voters deserve to hear from Ms. Spicer on this crucial issue.
Chair of Precinct 15
Candidate for City Councilor District 8