FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham now has four state representatives.
During the redistricting, state representatives Maria Robinson and Jack Patrick Lewis were both put into the 7th Middlesex District.
The seat remained empty for the rest of 2022.
The 6th Middlesex District seat was reconfigured to encompass all of south Framingham, by the legislature, with the goal of electing a non-white individual in the seat, to fit the demographics of the district. The legislature called it a “majority minority” seat.
Two Brazilian woman squared off for the seat, along with local activist Dhruba Sen, who later paused his campaign.
Sousa defeated former Framingham District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard in the Democratic primary in September 2022. Rep. Lewis had endorsed and campaigned for Shepard.
Sousa, a Democrat, holds dual citizenship in Brazil & United States, having come here as a child to Framingham. Sousa is also the chair of the elected 9-member School Committee.
The legislature, during redistricting also created the 19th Worcester Middlesex District seat which serves Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, and a small portion of Precinct 21 in Framingham. The district had no incumbent. Donaghue, a Westborough Democrat, was elected to that seat, defeated a Southborough Republican in November 2022.
All four state representatives were sworn in on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at the Massachusetts State House.
Under the last legislative session, the City of Framingham had three state representatives – Carmine Gentile, Lewis, and Robinson.
Rep. Gentile, a Sudbury Democrat, who represented then a section of Saxonville (Precinct 3) was redistricted out of Framingham.
The four will be filing legislation at the State House this month. It is due in mid-January for the entire 2-year term.
Who is my State Representative?
Besides changing lines for the state district due to the 2020 Census, Framingham increased from 18 to 27 Precincts, although there are still just 9 Districts.
If you live in Precincts 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and a part of Precinct 9, Rep. Sousa serves you. She can be reached at email@example.com
If you live in Town of Ashland and parts of Precinct 9 and Precincts 17-18-19-20-24-25-26, & 27 in the City of Framingham, Rep. Lewis serves you. he can be reached at Jack.Lewis@mahouse.gov
If you live in Precincts 22 & 23 and part of Precinct 21, will now be represented by Rep. Gregoire, who is the state representative for the 4th Middlesex District. She is a Democrat from Marlborough, who has held that seat since 2013.
She will be the senior state representative of the four state representatives, due to her seniority. She can be reached at Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov
If you live in Precinct 21A, Rep. Donaghue serves you. Precinct 21A is located in District 3 in Framingham on the Southborough line, and includes parts of Pheasant Hill and Fiddler’s Green in the City of Framingham. She can be reached at Kate.Donaghue@mahouse.gov
Although the delegation has said they will work as a team to represent the city of Framingham, along with Senate President Karen Spilka.