FRAMINGHAM – Town Meeting member Judy Grove was elected to be District 8’s first City Councilor.
Grove, will lead the 11-member City Council in the transition of Framingham from a town to a city, as she was the oldest elected of the councilors.
Gloria Pascual easily defeated Leslie Harvey for the District 8 School Committee seat.
The District City Council seat and the District School Committee seat is for a 2-year term, which begins on January 1, 2018.
Editor’s Note: In full transparency I live in Precinct 15 in District 8.
Pascual won 620-330. She received 58.11 percent of the vote in District 8, which is Precincts 15 and 18.
Pascaul 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.
Grove defeated Steven Croci 542-451. She received 50.8 percent of the vote.
“I’d like to wish Judy good luck,” said Croci.
“Many areas of 15 & 18 are in need of a significant help, attention and support from the new city government to fix severe problems that exist in the District,” said Croci to the Source this morning. “The District has been severely neglected and ignored for decades and as a result has deteriorated. I hope that our new councilor will dedicate all her time and priorities to improving 15 and 18.”
“The Southside will finally have a voice,” said Grove last night. I could not have a better counterpart in District 9 than Edgardo Torres. Lots of work ahead but we are ready.”
Pascual was not available for a statement.
Overall 15,731 of Framingham’s 40,162 registered voters participated in the election on Tuesday. That was 39.17 percent.
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