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FRAMINGHAM – Yesterday, September 14, Framingham businessman Carlos Valadares finished a distant third in the mayoral preliminary election race.

Today, September 15, he endorsed the front-runner Charlie Sisitsky in the November 2 race.

Sisitsky, a retired Department of Public Works Director from the Town of Natick, and a long-time Selectman and former District 1 Framingham City Councilor topped the ticket on Tuesday with 4,401 votes.

Mayor Yvonne Spicer, who is seeking re-election for a second 4-year term, finished a very distance second, with less than 2,000 votes.

Valadares received less than 500 votes.

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“Though we did not achieve the results I was hoping for, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported me throughout my campaign and on election day. It was always a dream of mine to run for Mayor, I will forever be grateful to those who pushed and believed in me. I ran because like many of you out there now, I wanted to see a change for the better in our community. I wanted to see a change in our downtown, a change in the underfunded schools, and a change in the attitude of City Hall. We need leadership that is going to focus on people and making everyone’s lives better above all else. I’m afraid we have lost sight of this, which is why my mission was to empower the residents of Framingham. I wanted to head an administration that emphasized listening to the people and following up with action,” said Valadares in a statement he sent to SOURCE.

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“I know our government is not doing its job right when I see so many voices going unheard. I will always continue to serve and fight for the community in any way I can. For now, I hope to do so by working with Charlie Sisitsky to help the business community downtown. I met with him to discuss the issues and I believe that he is the right man for the job. I am confident that Charlie will work to give more voice to the people of Framingham and address the problems affecting our downtown and school systems. Though I would like to still be in the race, I eagerly look forward to getting back to what makes me happy, directly serving the community,” said Valadres in endorsing Sisitsky.

Voters will see Spicer & Sisitsky on the Tuesday, November 2 ballot for Mayor.

The winner will serve a 4-year term starting on January 1, 2022.

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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.