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October 27, 2017

Credit to Strong Commitment to the Environment and a Livable Framingham

Framingham, MA, 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, “With critical issues of energy policy and environmental protection under attack in Washington, the leadership of the ELM Action Fund believes it is more important than ever to have leaders such as Yvonne Spicer in local government.”

“Yvonne Spicer also understands the importance of our state and local governments investing in clean energy, sustainable transportation, and parks to help address climate change, create jobs, and build healthier communities,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “We need strong leaders like Yvonne in cities and towns across the state, who understand that we can have both a strong economy and a healthy environment.”

“I am honored to be endorsed by ELM and I am committed to ensuring that Framingham become greener and sustainable. Our economy will grow, as will the health of our environment, when we are focused on smart, progressive solutions about preserving open space, creating new-collar, higher wage jobs, protecting and cleaning up our environment, and balancing development with quality of life, said Yvonne Spicer. “We can and will make our new City of Framingham a healthier, greener community overall – not just for now, but also for generations to come.

As a Framingham Town Meeting Member and as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Spicer recently voted to support a resolution in favor of 100% renewable energy. She said, “Framingham is long overdue to have targeted focus on this initiative and to look at ways to save our community money while saving our planet. This is an important component of my vision for Framingham which was published in early September and is available at www.yvonnespicerformayor.com/platform.

Yvonne Spicer has been active in community and civic life in Framingham since moving to the community in 1985. She started a teaching career in Framingham and rose to department chair before being appointed to and serving as Director of Career & Technical Education in Newton Public Schools. In 2008 Yvonne was asked to start a new division at the Museum of Science and became the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships. In this role, she developed partnerships with policy makers, municipalities, business leaders, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations. Yvonne holds a Doctorate of Education from UMASS Boston, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to the inaugural Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, and she was reappointed by Governor Charlie Baker in 2017. She is an advisor to the National Governors Association, a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and an Advisory Board Member of the MA State Treasurer’s Economic Empowerment Trust fund.

Yvonne was a Framingham Town Meeting Member representing precinct 6 and served on the Ways and Means Committee. To learn more about Yvonne and her record of service to the community, please visit her website at www.yvonnespicerformayor.com.
Framingham voters strongly supported Spicer in the preliminary election September 26, 2017. Spicer won over 54% of the votes in the seven-way race. Her remaining opponent garnered 29%. Spicer said, “Framingham voters know I will live up to my commitments and will lead with integrity while looking out for all of the people of Framingham.”

The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, holds our elected officials accountable, and works to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories go to www.elmaction.org/campaigns.

The Framingham general election is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.