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FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham has several pending issues as it re-emerges out of the coronavirus pandemic.

On September 14, voters will decide between three candidates for Mayor. The two individuals with the most votes will be on the Tuesday, November 2 ballot. In November, voters will elect a mayor for a 4-year term starting January 1, 2022.

On the September 14 ballot is incumbent Mayor Yvonne Spicer, seeking a second 4-year term, former Framingham City Councilor and retired Natick DPW Director Charlie Sisitsky, and Brazilian business owner Carlos Valadares.

SOURCE asked all three candidates on Thursday afternoon to email by Saturday, in their own words, what is the #1 issue facing the City of Framingham and “3 specific ways” they would fix the issue, if elected Mayor in November.

Valadares did not respond to SOURCE.

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Mayor Spicer said economic development would be her #1 priority. “Economic development is the heart and soul of every community, and new businesses bring new jobs for residents and new opportunities to enjoy our city. As we grow our business base, we will also attract more and a variety of businesses to Framingham, which in turn benefits our tax base and keeps our taxes modest,” she said. Read her full statement here.

Challenger Sisisky said the #1 issue is that the Mayor’s office needs a reset to fix the government deficiencies & leadership shortcomings, and he will do that by treating people with respect, fixing the budget process, and showing up to work. Read his full statement here.

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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.