I follow the belief that civility is the mark of a true unifying leader. Civility breeds trust and requires listening, sincerity and a desire to bring people together on issues with an inclusive approach. When you combine civility with experience and the critical core characteristic of integrity – you wind up with the very definition of superb leadership.
Yvonne Spicer has exhibited these qualities throughout her campaign to be Framingham’s first elected mayor, and that is why I hope you will join me in voting for her on Nov. 7.
Yvonne represents all that has made us proud to be from Framingham. She is strong, intelligent and passionate about people. Her message makes clear that the opportunities embedded in our new city government will serve each and everybody.
For me, to vote for a person who is genuine and speaks from the heart with the right blend of experience and positivity is a choice I can stand behind. Yvonne has a history of being engaged by local, regional and state leaders who require authentic contributors to get things done. In fact, she has carved out a career full of positive impacts and achievements. From working as an appointee of two governors and two treasurers, to teaching children in Framingham, and even traveling the country and the world – Yvonne has rolled up her sleeves and proven her commitment to education, public service and hard work.
As a community planner, I can’t help but remember Jane Jacobs at this juncture of Framingham’s growth spurt. People who have met or worked with me know that I am a fan of this pioneer for civic engagement. “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because – and only when – they are created by everybody.”
So, as we stand on the verge of creating our new city, I am aligning with the candidate who has made it her vow to be The People’s Mayor. I am voting for the candidate whose civility and leadership will put Framingham on the map as the dynamic, contemporary, welcoming community that it is and always has been – a city that’s about its people, its vast opportunities and a vibrant future for all.
That’s why I am proudly casting my vote for Yvonne Spicer as Framingham’s first mayor on Nov. 7, and I hope you will, too.
Holli Andrews, MCPD
Framingham Community Planner