I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Margareth Shepard for Framingham’s new 6th Middlesex District. Although I don’t live in the district, we are still one Framingham, and it is crucial that our representatives work collegially and effectively in the best interests of our city.
I have followed Margareth’s trajectory since her time as a City Councilor and she always impressed me with her calm and thoughtful demeanor. It was obvious her life experiences shaped how she expressed herself and engaged with others.
Margareth ran for City Council in 2017 when anti-immigrant sentiment ran high throughout our country. Nonetheless, she won her seat handily and never shied away from advocacy for immigrant rights. While others in the local political establishment resisted becoming a welcoming community for immigrants, Margareth moved an official welcoming ordinance forward.
In her personal and political life, Margareth is a striver in the best sense of the word. She came from Brazil as a single parent, learned English, started a business, raised a family, and became active in civic life.
She is independent, not beholden to entrenched political entities, but knows the value of partnerships. Her work has been guided by what is best for her city constituents; she will remain focused on how to best serve all her constituents at the State House.
Teachers, nurses, women’s groups, environmentalists, legislators, progressives are lined up in full support of Margareth Shepard for the new Sixth Middlesex. I urge you to vote for Margareth on September 6.