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Editor’s Note: Per the SOURCE election policy, Carlos Valadares submitted this announcement. He submitted his 500+ signatures to the City Clerk’s office on July 8, and they were certified today, July 13. He is likely to be one of three mayoral candidates on the ballot on Sept 14. The top 2 vote getters in the preliminary election, advance to the November 2 election.


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FRAMINGHAM – I am Carlos Valadares, I came to America in 1980. My wife and I raised our two children in Framingham. When I was a child, my grandfather was a city counselor and a two-term city Mayor in Brazil. He taught me to give back to the community and to always help others.  I have dedicated my life to helping children in orphanages in Brazil. Now I want to help the community of this great City of Framingham. 

We need a leader in Framingham.

As your leader I will focus on education as my major priority.

In addition, I will work toward building a youth center that would benefit kids and support the education system. 

I am going to clean up downtown Framingham and solve the problem of homelessness. I will work to make the downtown area a better place where everyone can feel safe. 

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I will work to beautify Framingham by connecting with neighborhoods to plant flowers, clean up trash, and work together to make a city that everyone will be proud to live in.

I will be accessible to work with neighborhoods through town meetings.

It is important to me to hear your concerns and make sure your voice is heard. 

My name is Carlos Valadares. I ask for your consideration and your trust as I run for the office of the Mayor of Framingham.

Please feel free to reach out to me by phone or email at 774-441-7496 or



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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.