LETTER: Mayor Spicer Has Shown Superior Leadership In the Face of Strong Opposition

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FRAMINGHAM – Four years ago, my wife and I moved to Framingham and were very fortunate enough to have been able to vote in Framingham’s first Mayoral election. We voted for Dr. Yvonne Spicer then for Mayor and we will do so again this year on November 2, 2021.

We are voting for Dr. Spicer again because in the words of one of our heroes, the late Senator
Robert Kennedy: “[m]oral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.”

Since her election four years ago, Mayor Spicer has displayed this moral courage in leading Framingham into a new era of being a City and she has done so for much of the time against the odds, without much help from the Framingham City Council.

From the beginning of Dr. Spicer’s tenure as Mayor four years ago to the present, the
Framingham City Council has been dominated by members who have preached in one breath that they want to collaborate with the Mayor in governing Framingham local government but in reality have done the opposite. The Mayor has also been disrespected on multiple occasions by various members of the City Council.

One disrespectful incident that comes to mind, was at one City Council meeting in early 2018
when the City Council was considering to approve funding for the Mayor’s appointment of a Diversity Director for Framingham. At that meeting, one City Council member expressed her opposition to the Mayor’s appointment of a Diversity Director because “Framingham didn’t need a Diversity Director because Framingham had the Mayor” or words to that effect. At the very least that comment was very racially insensitive. Even more troubling was the silence of the other City Council members, including the former City Council member now running against Mayor Spicer this year, in response to that highly inappropriate comment. The Mayor’s opponent said nothing, even though he was Vice Chairperson of the City Council at the time.

Not surprisingly, the City Council member who made that comment (she is no longer on the Council) has endorsed Mayor Spicer’s opponent for Mayor this year.

The Mayor’s opponent failed to be a leader at that City Council meeting three years ago when
he failed to object to the very racially insensitive remark about the Mayor. In the words of one of the greatest leaders of all time, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,:“people of ill will . . . have used time much more effectively than the people of good will[;] . . . [w]e will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people . . . .”

Please support Mayor Spicer for re-election. She has shown superior leadership even in the face of strong opposition and has earned re-election as Mayor.

Salvatore M. Giorlandino
30 Crest Road


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