FRAMINGHAM – The night Framingham voted to become a city by the closest of margins, Margareth Shepard became the first person to announce a run to be a leader in the new City of Framingham.
Last night, the Brazilian-American was elected to the City Council to represent District 7, which is Precincts 13 and 14.
Former Hemenway PTO President, and Walsh Middle PTO Vice-President Tiffanie Maskell was running unopposed for the School Committee seat in District 7.
Maskell received 860 votes or 77.6 percent of the votes cast in District 7.
Maskell 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.
“Thank you to everyone who came out today and participated in the election. Special thanks to my husband, Don Maskell, my children, and the rest of my family and friends for their support and encouragement. I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve District 7,” said Maskell.
“I am looking forward to working with the other school committee members and our talented group of staff and educators. I am confident that the new school committee will bring focus and common sense back to the school district,” said Maskell to Source.
Shepard, who was endorsed by State Rep. Chris Walsh and the Massachusetts Attorney General, defeated William Lynch 587 to 454 votes. She received 52.98 percent of the vote.
“I am honored, and grateful, to be elected to represent District 7 in the first Framingham City Government. My victory is the result of a community work, and trust in a former undocumented immigrant that is “here to stay”, and give back to the city all the great things that I have received in past 25 years. My family and could not have chose a better place to live,” said Shepard to Source.
“Well, the results aren’t exactly what I was looking for. But Margareth will serve us well,” said Lynch.
“We ran a great race. Although we have different ideas for Framingham, we both are ready to work hard to make Framingham the best it can be, and if I can be of ANY assistance to my new City Councilor, I will be there for her whenever she needs me. I want to thank EVERYONE for their well wishes, and positive thoughts. I’ve met some great people along the way, a lot of which will be sworn in on January 1st, We all have 1 thing in common…we want to see Framingham succeed, and the people in it thrive. I’ve also met some great neighbors. Many that I already am familiar with, and many new faces. 454 people put their trust in someone that barely knew…if at all, and for that, I am forever grateful. It’s time to come together, and support our elected officials. It’s up to us, the residents of the CITY of Framingham, to make this a city that people are jealous of,” said Lynch last night.
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 receibed 6,455 votes. Spicer received 58 percent of the vote compared to Stefanini’s 41 percent.
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