FRAMINGHAM – Former Framingham Selectman Dennis Giombetti defeated Framingham Town Meeting member Robert Case by 40 votes to be elected City Councilor for District 5 in the new City of Framingham last night.
Maynard Public Schools employee Noval Alexander defeated Framingham Town Meeting member and education consultant Bardley Bauler for the District 5 School Committe seat.
The District City Council seat and the District School Committee seat is for a 2-year term, which begins on January 1, 2018.
Alexander received 706 votes to Bauler 678 votes. Alexander received 42.50 percent of the vote in District 5, which is Precincts 8 and 12.
Alexander is now one of a new 9-member Framingham School Committee elected by District. The previous School Committee was comprised of 7-member elected town-wide, of which only one lived South of Route 9 and none lived south of Route 135.
“I’d like to give a deeply heartfelt thank you to the residents of District 5. I’m truly humbled by your vote to entrust me to be your first representative for School Committee for our new City,” said Alexander to Source. “I’m more than ready to begin the hard work of being an advocate for your children.”
Alexander added “I pledge to always keep the interests of all the students in FPS in the forefront of any decision. I also want to thank and Congratulate my opponent Brad Bauler. He has worked very hard on his campaign and I know he has the interests of students in FPS in his heart. Thank you again and let’s get to work for our kids.”
“I spoke with Noval Alexander and congratulated him on his big victory in the District 5 School Committee race. Noval will do a great job representing the students and families in our District, and will bring his experience as an educator to help the new school committee stay focused on helping Framingham’s students succeed,” said Bauler to Source.
Giombetti defeated Case 801 to 761 votes. Giombetti received 48.22 percent of the votes.
Neither Giombetti nor Case were available last night for a comment.
Overall 15,731 of Framingham’s 40,162 registered voters participated in the election on Tuesday. That was 39.17 percent.
Yvonne Spicer, who is a vice president at the Museum of Science in Boston, was elected Framingham’s first mayor easily with 9,129 votes. John Stefanini received 6,455 votes. Spicer received 58 percent of the vote compared to Stefanini’s 41 percent.
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