Posted at 8:08 p.m. Updated at 10:58 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Adam Steiner has won a third term on the Framingham City Council.
Steiner defeated challenger Mary Kate Feeney for the District 3 City Council seat tonight.
Steiner unofficially received 716 votes. Feeney received 532 votes.
In November, Steiner won the seat 997-995. But Feeney requested a recount, which ended in a failure to elect. Steiner sued the City Clerk, and the Board of Registrars. A judge ordered a special election between the two candidates for today, January 11.
The vote this time was not that close.
Steiner won both Precinct 4 and Precinct 7.
“I am thrilled to say that the City Clerk has confirmed my re-election to the Framingham City Council for a third term! This was obviously a long and arduous process and I am so honored to be selected again for this responsibility. I will work hard over the next two years to represent all voters of District 3 and all of the residents of Framingham,” posted the Councilor on his Facebook page.
“After 8 months of campaigning, mine comes to an end today. While the results are not what I had hoped, I am proud to see that District 3 came out to vote regardless of the cold and covid. Congratulations to Councilor Steiner for winning a third term. The issues facing Framingham are great, and I hope you will use your third term to move Framingham forward, not standing still,” wrote Feeney on her Facebook page.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work and passion of my opponent, Mary Kate Feeney. Mary Kate is obviously an extremely tough opponent- she worked extremely hard and ran an excellent campaign that resonated with voters and she deserves a ton of credit for this. I know that she will continue to do great work for the people of Framingham and I will be reaching out to her to ask for her collaboration and input going forward,” said Councilor Steiner in his posted statement.
“I need to thank so many people for their help over the past 4 years and during this campaign, starting with my family- my wife Kerry and daughters Nora and Maggie. The last 4 years have been demanding on my time and temperament and you have always been there for me. I also need to thank my parents, my in-laws, and the countless people who helped me navigate local government and this campaign– in particular Norma Shulman and Jack Lewis who have been there the whole way,” wrote Steiner.
“My campaign was about Framingham’s future. It is a future I believe is bright and full of promise. Today’s results may not be what I had worked so hard for, but it does not discourage me. I am not giving up, and neither should you. We need everyone to come together for what is best for Framingham,” wrote Feeney on Facebook.
“The tough work is just beginning, but I can’t wait to get started working with our Mayor Sisitsky and our City Council. Working together, we are going to do amazing things for our city of Framingham,” wrote Steiner.
The turnout today was 22.65% of the District’s 5,515 registered voters.
In Precinct 4, it was 26% and in Precinct 7, it was 19% of the registered voters.
This is the last election in which District 3 will have just two Precincts.
Starting this year, District 3 will be comprised of 3 Precincts.
In Precinct 4, Steiner won 442 to 297 votes.
In Precinct 7, Steiner won 274 to 235 votes.
In total, 1,249 individuals cast as ballot. In November, it was more than 2,000 people who voted in District 3, when Mayor Charlie Sisitsky was elected overwhelmingly.
Steiner received 57.3% of the votes in his election to earn a third 2-year term on the Council.
District 4 City Councilor Michael Cannon is the only other City Councilor to be elected for 3 terms.
Cannon, Steiner, and at-large City Councilor George P. King, have all served on the 11-member City Council since Framingham became a City in 2018.
King is not up for re-election until 2023, having won a 4-year at-large term in 2019.
The full 11-member City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.
At that meeting, the Council will elect a chair and a vice chair.
The current chair is King. The current vice chair is Steiner.