FRAMINGHAM – Former Framingham Selectman Michael Rossi defeated Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Phil Ottaviani Jr by just 22 votes to be elected City Councilor for District 6 in the new City of Framingham last night.
Former Newton School Committee member Geoffrey Epstein defeated current Framingham School Committee member Michelle Brosnahan for the District 6 School Committe seat.
Epstein defeated Brosnahan 861 to 720 votes. He received 47.36 percent of the votes. There were 6 blanks.
Epstein, who served on the School Committee’s PR and Communications Task force, 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 want to thank all of the folks who voted for me today. I am a relative newcomer but I am committed to making our schools the best they can be. That was what my campaign was about and that is what I will try to do. I have been welcomed here and I am invested here. Thanks to all who provided me support. I will post on Facebook later in more detail on that. I look forward to serving everyone in Framingham and especially the kids who deserve the best possible education we can provide.,” said Epstein to Source.
Rossi defeated Ottaviani 871 to 849, or just 22 votes. Rossi received 47.91 percent of the vote to Ottaviani’s to 46.70.
Ottaviani said last night he was not sure if he would ask for a re-count.
“It appears we lost by just twenty or so votes. If these counts stay, I just wanted to congratulate my opponent and thank all of my supporters for their help,” said Ottaviani. “I love Framingham and will continue to be an active resident on civic matters.”
“I am grateful for the fair and issue based campaign with Phil Ottaviani. I am humbled to be elected as a representative of District 6. I will honor my responsibilities to ensure Framingham will be a city we can all be proud of,” said Rossi.
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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