FRAMINGHAM – Voters elected seven new City Councilors on Tuesday for the 11-member City Council.
Seven of the 11 Councilors chose not to seek re-election.
Incumbents George King and Margareth Shepard in District 7 easily won re-election.
Four School Committee members chose not to seek re-election but run for City Council. Three of the four lost their races.
Only District 9 School Committee member Tracey Bryant earned a seat on the City Council, based on unofficial results from the City Clerk’s office Tuesday night.
There were two at-large seats on the ballot. King topped the ticket easily for a 4-year term with 4,278 votes.
“I deeply appreciate the voters of Framingham giving me the opportunity to serve another term. I am going to continue to work to be sure our government is efficient, our services are top-notch and are taxes are sustainable for our residents,” said King to SOURCE Tuesday night.
Framingham Housing Authority member Janet Leombruno finished second with 3,402 votes, to earn a 4-year seat on the City Council.
Leombruno, a Republican, defeated District 8 School Committee member Gloria Pascual by just 42 votes.
Leombruno’s status as a Republican was an issue in the race, despite local elections in Framingham typically non-partisan. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker endorsed Leombruno and even attended an event for her in Framingham.
“Thank you to the voters of Framingham for their confidence in me. Since day one I have run a positive campaign and talked about the issues important to Framingham,” said Leombruno to SOURCE. “I firmly believe in being a team, and that spirit I will take to the Council. Congratulations to everyone who ran for putting themselves out there, and congratulations to those elected who I will serve with on the Council. I am looking forward to working with my fellow Councilors on tackling the issues facing Framingham and bringing this community together.”
Pascual received 3,361 votes.
“I want to thank everyone who supported me and worked so hard on my campaign. I also thank everyone who came out to vote for me. I have been dedicated to serving the community in various roles for many years and my service will continue because I care deeply about the people of Framingham. Now it is time for us to come together as a community and work towards making Framingham the best city it can be,” Pascual posted on her campaign page.
Bulleting, an election tactic to vote for just one candidate, even though voters can vote for two candidates, played a part in this at-large race. There were 3,296 blank votes.
In District 1, Planning Board Chair Christine Long easily defeated Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeal member Joseph Norton 698 to 546 votes. This was Norton’s second try at City Council. He lost to Charlie Sisitsky in 2017, who chose not to seek re-election to the Council.
In District 2, Human Relations Commission member Cesar Stewart-Morales easily defeated School Committee member Ricky Finlay 760-419 votes.
Stewart-Morales post on social media last night: “I’m thankful to everyone who voted for me and for the wonderful volunteers who worked on my campaign. I am looking forward to bringing my skills and fresh perspective to the city council. My life experience growing up in Framingham has been different than others on the council, yet similar to many who have not had their voices adequately represented. I look forward to representing all the people of Framingham and using the expertise we need to get the results we want. I am honored to have earned the voters’ support.”
District 3 City Councilor Adam Steiner and District 4 City Councilor Michael cannon ran unopposed for a second 2-year term.
in District 6, Zoning Board of Appeals chair Phil Ottaviani Jr. ran unopposed for City Council.
“My sincere thanks to everyone for their support and kindness throughout this process. As the next District 6 City Councilor, I look forward to working with everyone on the new council as well as our Mayor to keep our great City of #Framingham moving forward. We have a unique opportunity to bring this community together,” posted Ottaviani on social media.
In District 7, incumbent City Councilor Margareth Shepard fought off a challenger from William Lynch. She won 331 to 227 votes.
SIFOC chair Robert Case defeated School Committee member Noval Alexander in District 5. Case received 460 votes, with Alexander 382 votes.
“What means the most to me about winning this election is knowing I earned the voters’ trust and support by upholding my values of being honest and transparent,’ said Case to SOURCE Tuesday night. “It will be an honor to serve as the District 5 City Councilor. I will be focused on building collaborative working relationships with other councilors, the mayor and the administration to best serve our district and all of Framingham.”
In District 8 former mayoral candidate and State Representative John Stefanini defeated traffic commissioner Mario Alvarez by 30 votes – 290 to 260.
In the closest race, School Committee member Tracey Bryant defeated Neidy Cuellar 137 to 121 votes.