Framingham pushes economic development with new strong mayor
In January, Framingham will no longer lay claim to its longstanding, unofficial status as America’s largest town, after voters narrowly made Framingham a city back in April. more
“Yvonne made history today in more ways than one,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “It’s a very special thing that Framingham’s first-ever mayor is an African American woman with such deep roots in her community. Yvonne has spent her career improving our education systems, which greatly benefit the children and families of Framingham. We are proud to have endorsed Mayor-elect Spicer and look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish.” more
Mayor-elect Yvonne Spicer was the top vote-getter in nearly every part of the community in her win Tuesday over opponent John Stefanini, according to official results released Wednesday.
Spicer won 16 of Framingham’s 18 precincts, receiving about 58 percent of all votes cast in the mayoral race.more
“My heart is full,” an excited Yvonne Spicer said to a crowd of cheering supporters from the steps of the Memorial Building Tuesday night.
It was her first appearance after learning she was the voters’ choice for Framingham’s first mayor. A political outsider, she soundly defeated former state representative and town selectman John Stefanini in a race that grew nastier as election day neared. more
The switch to a city government opens a new chapter for the 317-year old town. It is one of those rare opportunities for a fresh start and a fresh vision. We believe Spicer has the professional experience, drive and intellectual curiosity to lead the city as it sets out on a new and exciting path. more
Framingham is getting ready to choose its first mayor. The two candidates for Framingham mayor, Yvonne Spicer and John Stefanini, squared off for the last time ahead of Tuesday’s election in a debate that was moderated by WGBH Radio’s Tina Martin. more
Following extensive deliberations, the Candidate Recommendation Committee is endorsing Yvonne Spicer for Mayor of the City of Framingham. School expenditures total nearly 70% of Framingham’s budget and Ms. Spicer’s strong administrative experience, combined with her deep understanding of education on the state and local levels, well positions her to move our City’s schools into the future. more
Helping with her campaign ignited my passion for local politics, made me fully realize the beauty of standing up for what I believe in, and that despite all odds, adversity, and attacks, you can be triumphant in making a difference in your community. – Jordan Ramsay more
Yvonne has developed a campaign and governing platform […] that addresses many issues we face in Framingham. She understands Framingham’s people, its needs and its problems. Why? She listens, she asks questions, she studies, she cares. – Alice Shull more
The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM) has endorsed Yvonne Spicer for Mayor of Framingham. “Yvonne Spicer is committed to strong environmental policies for Framingham,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. “She supports environmentally-conscious growth and development, preserving open spaces, pollution clean-up, and public transportation improvement and investment for the Metro West area.” O’Brien said, more
“Being mayor of Framingham, I’m looking forward to that opportunity. I’m looking forward to doing my very best,” Spicer said. “But I see it as a chance to set the bar for this community for years to come and to do it well, in a way that Framingham can be proud.” more
Spicer said, “Once again I have released my report a week before the deadline to provide an early look at my campaign data. This is in keeping with my commitment to be a Mayor who models transparency. I want my constituents to know that is how I’ll run the new City of Framingham.” more
Yvonne Spicer announced today that respected community activist Margareth Shepard has endorsed her for Mayor of Framingham. Margareth Shepard, a Brazilian immigrant and local business owner explained that she is endorsing Spicer “because she will be a Mayor who cares about people and finding solutions to improve their lives. She will not be distracted by special interests and she will lead Framingham with integrity towards the best course for our future.” more
Framingham Mayoral Candidate Yvonne Spicer announced today she is inviting the people of Framingham to join her at 12 events ahead of the Nov. 7, 2017 general election. She has accepted invitations to participate in five Mayoral forums and has scheduled a series of seven meet-ups called Let’s Talk Framingham. more . . .
Yvonne Spicer had a tremendous margin of victory yesterday in Framingham’s preliminary mayoral election. The official results of election show 11,006 people voted, giving Spicer 5,967 votes – 54%, in a field of 7 candidates. Two candidates will be on the ballot for the general election November 7th. more . . .
Spicer, whose only political experience is as a town meeting member, surprised some analysts by earning half of the votes in a crowded field of seven candidates. She emerged as the front-runner over Stefanini, former town selectman and state representative who played a pivotal role in steering Framingham toward changing its system of government. more
Yvonne Spicer, a vice president of advocacy and educational partnerships at the Museum of Science in Boston, received almost 55 percent of the the nearly 11,000 votes cast for Framingham’s first mayor in Tuesday’s preliminary election. more . . .
As a Charter Commissioner, I supported the change to a city form of government and so far, I’ve been pleased by all the new activity, from league of Women Voters to neighborhood forums where issues are explored. New ideas are coming, and it is it is great to see the variety of people running for Mayor and Council! The choice of Mayor is the most important one we will make, and I believe Yvonne Spicer is clearly the best choice for Framingham for the following reasons: more
A week before the deadline Yvonne Spicer, Candidate for Mayor of Framingham submitted a campaign finance report today to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). The report shows the campaign raised $38,418 as of 9/8/17 with 67% of contributions coming from within Framingham.
Yvonne Spicer is not your typical Mayoral candidate, but this is no typical election. Bob Berman endorses Yvonne for Mayor.
I am looking for three major things when deciding who I want to be the first person to run the City of Framingham; Executive excellence, strong moral character, and the ability to bring together a wide and incredibly diverse cross-section of residents. more
Yvonne Spicer, candidate for Framingham Mayor is the first in to publish a complete campaign platform. The 35-page document released today titled “My Vision for the Next Four Years and Beyond” includes 5 priority topics: Smooth Transition to a City Form of Government, Excellence in Education and Schools, Invigorating Our Economy: Planned Growth, Balanced Development, Preservation of Assets, Resources and Quality of Life, and Investing in Our People.
Yvonne Spicer is the only candidate with the executive leadership experience needed to be Framingham’s mayor. When she was appointed as the Director of Newton’s Tech-Voc program, the trade teachers, who were all men, had reservations about a Black woman leading the program. Yet, in a very short period of time she had their complete loyalty. How did she do that? First, she established trust, by being honest and transparent, by listening to people, by speaking from her head and her heart. – Irwin Blumer more
Framingham Mayoral candidate Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer brought 56 pages of signatures to the Town Clerk’s office Monday. The Clerk’s office notified Spicer that by the time they counted 551 signatures all the criteria had been met. Over 1100 signatures were submitted, far surpassing the 500 required.