FRAMINGHAM – In the same historic night that voters decide Framingham should become a city, a Town Meeting member from Precinct 14 announced her candidacy for City Councilor. She was the first to declare her candidacy for the City of Framingham.
Town Meeting member Margareth Shepard first announced on her candidacy on her Facebook page, and then did an interview with Portuguese radio show host and journalist Eduardo Oliviera Tuesday night, about her plans to run for Framingham City Councilor for District 7, which would represent Precincts 13 and 14.
Shepard, a Democrat, was a leader of the Brazilians for Hillary campaign in 2016, and is a member of the Framingham Democratic Town Committee. Shephard was elected Treasurer of the Framingham Democratic Town Committee and also was elected a delegate for the State convention in June 2017.
Under the City form of government, that passed Tuesday night, voters would elect 11 City Councilors and a Mayor in November. Nine of the City Councilors would be elected by neighborhoods (district) and two would be elected at large.
Nomination papers for City Councilor will be available in May.
Shepard is the first to officially announce her candidacy.
She took no public position on the city charter question, during the election campaign..
She told Framingham Source this morning, April 4, she is running for Councilor.
As part of her interview with Oliveria, who does a show on WRSO 650 AM, she said the Brazilian community in Framingham has made contributions to the cultural and economic vitality of Framingham and now it needs to be part of the political decisions in Framingham.
One of the arguments by supporters of the City charter was that the south side of Framingham, below Route 9, did not have a say in its government as much as it should. All five of Framingham’s Selectmen came from two of the town’s 18 Precincts and both of those Precincts were north of Route 9. And before Tuesday’s election, all 7 at-large School Committee members hailed from north of Route 9, but 60 percent of the students lived south of Route 9.
Shepard said she would focus on housing for affordable housing, and the revitalization of downtown, as well as the need for affordable daycare for working families. She said she would a also work to bring new investors to downtown.
She also told Oliveria she would be a voice for the immigrants in Framingham.
Pictured is Shepard (pink jacket) speaking an immigration forum in March at the Greater Framingham Community Church, hosting by Framingham Coming Together.