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FRAMINGHAM – Political newcomer Leora Mallach won election to the District 7 City Council seat for the next two years.

Incumbent Margareth Shepard chose not to seek re-election for a third term, so the seat was open for a new individual.

Mallach defeated Magda Janus 526 to 285 to win the Council seat.

Just 25 minutes after the polls closed on Tuesday night, Mallach issued this statement to SOURCE “I’m so excited and humbled to be chosen as your District 7 City Councilor! I have been listening and learning and I am ready to get things done. I have enjoyed meeting residents, even the skeptics, and seeing their gardens, and will continue to do so as your Councilor. I look forward to further meetings and conversations, talking and building connections and finding common ground. There is so much that we can do together. Thank you for your support and your faith.”

Shepard had endorsed Mallach to replace her as City Councilor.

Shepard has also endorsed Mayor Yvonne Spicer for re-election.

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Mallach also received the endorsement of Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis for the Council seat. Rep. Lewis was actively campaigning for Mallach throughout the race and on election day.

Mallach won both Precincts 13 and 14, the two Precincts that make District 7.

In Precinct 13, she won 335 to 221 and in Precinct 14 she won 191 to 64, according to the unofficial results from the City Clerk’s office.

This was also Janus, a mother of two, and an immigrant, first time into politics, as well.

She had never campaign for an office before but did received the endorsement of Framingham Firefighters union and the two endorsements from carpenters unions.

“I would like to thank everyone who took time to vote in the November 2nd election, especially those who cast their vote for me. On a personal level, I know I have made many new friends, hopefully some for life. I look forward to seeing all of you more often and working together on making our community better. I plan to continue being involved even though I will not be your councilor. I also want to extend my congratulations to Leora Mallach, well done and good luck in your new position. You made this race interesting and made me want to continue learning and participating,” said Janus in a statement to SOURCE.

Mallach is the co-founder and Executive Director of Beantown Jewish Gardens.

She will be sworn in 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.