City Council Votes Dec. 28 as Special Election For District 3 Seat

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FRAMINGHAM – In a split 5-4 vote, the 11-member Framingham City Council voted to set a special election on Tuesday, Dec. 28 for the District 3 City Council runoff election with the only two candidates on the ballot as Adam Steiner & Mary Kate Feeney.

Voting for the Special Election date was District 1 City Councilor Christine Long, District 4 City Councilor Mike Cannon, District 6 City Councilor Phil Ottaviani Jr., At-large City Councilor Janet Leombruno, and City Council Chair George P. King Jr.

Earlier today, current Vice Chair of the City Council Steiner, who did not attend the meeting, filed a lawsuit against the City of Framingham over the official certified election results, in which he tied challenger Feeney in the District 3 City Council race, after a recount.

Steiner’s legal action also asked for a judge to issue an injunction to delay any special election.

Officially, the suit was filed against the City of Framingham Clerk Lisa Ferguson and the City of Framingham Board of Registrars, appointed by the Mayor.

On election night, November 2, the unofficial results had City Council Vice Chair Adam Steiner with 997 votes and Feeney with 995 votes.

Feeney filed for a recount. On Tuesday, November 16 a recount was held and Feeney picked up 2 votes, making it a virtual tie at 997 votes each.

City Clerk Ferguson said the tie meant there was a “failure to elect.” She said that would be the official city election result “until a court decides otherwise.”

This is a breaking report and will be updated later.

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