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FRAMINGHAM – In June, mayoral challenger Charlie Sisitsky raised seven times more money than incumbent Mayor Yvonne Spicer.

With four months to go, before the November 2 mayoral election, incumbent Mayor Yvonne Spicer has $36,975.55 in her campaign chest.

Long-term Selectman and former City Councilor Sisitsky has $41,688.63 in his campaign chest, but $24,528 was raised in June 2021.

Sisitsky raised $17,154.63 in May, after announcing his candidacy in April. That $17,000 amount included a personal loan of $10,000 to his campaign.

Spicer started 2021 with no challengers and $27,422.97 in her campaign account.

The incumbent had a campaign kick-off fundraiser in May and raised $5,714.28 in total in May and $3,613.27 in total in the month of June. Spicer’s campaign held a fundraiser at Route 135 Grill in June.

Yesterday, mayoral candidate Rick McKenna halted his campaign and endorsed Sisitsky.

The fourth candidate in the race Carlos Valdares has not raised any money according to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

District 6 City Councilor Phil Ottaviani and his wife Valerie hosted a fundraiser for Sisitsky at his home on June 3, that raised more than more than $20,000. That has been the campaign’s only political fundraiser since his campaign kicked off.

The Spicer campaign has been slow fundraising in 2021, after two very large fundraising campaigns in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.

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In July 2020, the Spicer campaign raised more than $10,000 via a virtual fundraiser, and the campaign raised another $9,688 via an email campaign in December 2020.

In January 2021, the Spicer campaign raised just over $3,100, but raised nothing in February 2021. In both March and April 2021, the campaign only raised about $600 each both.

This is just the second mayoral election race in the City of Framingham.

In 2017, Spicer defeated John Stefanini for a 4-year term, that ends on December 31, 2021.

Spicer would like voters to re-elect her to a second 4-year term. Sisitsky is challenging her for the top executive seat in the City of Framingham.

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Large Spicer Donors in 2021

  • Rick Bumes of Boston – $500
  • Massachusetts & New England Laborer’s District Council – $500
  • Christine McLennan of Framingham – $500
  • Mirian Lopes of Marlborough (owner of Route 135 Grill) – $1,000
  • Ike Spears of New Orleans – $500

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Large Sisitsky Donors in 2021

  • Adam Sisitsky of Framingham – $975
  • Rebecca Sisitsky of Wellesley – $1,000
  • George P. King Jr. of Framingham – $1,000
  • Dudley Stephan of Framingham – $1,000
  • Andrew Rose of Swampscott – $1,000
  • Shai Waisman of New York – $1,000
  • Christopher Connolly Jr. of Framingham – $1,000
  • Ann Dickson of Framingham – $500
  • Thomas Donoghue of Ashland – $500
  • Jose Duarte of Framingham – $1,000
  • David Ferrini of Framingham – $500
  • Steven Flynn of Natick – $500
  • Robert Foley of Waltham – $1,000
  • Alexandro Gallego of Framingham – $1,000
  • Richard Manelis of Framingham – $500
  • Jennifer Moshe of Framingham – $1,000
  • Phil Ottaviani Sr. of Framingham – $1,000
  • Theodore Pasquarello of Sudbury – $1,000
  • Parimal Patel of Westborough – $1,000
  • Brian Sisitzky of Woburn – $1,000
  • Richard Waniak of Milford – $500
  • Shi Zhang of North Andover – $1,000

Sisitsky has had 93 total donors since April 1, with 33 not Framingham residents, although some of those are Framingham property and business owners.

The Spicer campaign has had 83 donors since January 1, with more than 55 not Framingham residents. Again, some may be Framingham property or business owners.

Photos courtesy of Route 135 Grill

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.