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FRAMINGHAM — 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. She received the strongest support in precincts 3, 10 and 17, carrying those locations with more than 64 percent of the vote.

Spicer trailed Stefanini only in the two precincts that make up District 8, where Stefanini resides. She trailed her opponent by only three votes in Precinct 18, and was down by 36 ballots in Precinct 15, finishing about 6 percentage points behind Stefanini there.

Spicer, a vice president at Boston’s Museum of Science, will take office Jan. 1, 2018, becoming the first mayor in Framingham’s history.

Looking farther down the ballot, Selectman Cheryl Tully Stoll and former Town Manager George King Jr. were elected city councilors at-large in Tuesday’s high-turnout election. They will join nine district representatives on Framingham’s first City Council.

King, 57, who was the town manager between 1999 and 2005, defeated Christine Long, the chairwoman of the Planning Board, by just 21 votes – 6,865 to 6,844. Tully Stoll was the top vote-getter with 8,393 votes. Real estate agent Pablo Maia finished a distant fourth place.

In one of the most heavily-contested district contests, longtime Selectman Charlie Sisitsky beat Zoning Board of Appeals associate member Joseph Norton in District 1 on the Northside. Sisitsky received 1,392 votes to Norton’s 1,292.

Norton ruled out a recount Wednesday, writing that he appreciates the “clean and fair campaign” that Sisitsky ran.


“I will support Charlie as he looks out for the interests of the district and I look forward to remaining engaged in our community and taking a larger role in our government in the future,” Norton wrote.


In another closely-decided contest, former Selectman Michael Rossi narrowly won the District 6 seat, beating the longtime chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Philip Ottaviani Jr. Rossi won 871 votes to 849 votes.

Ottaviani also ruled out a recount Wednesday. He thanked his supporters and said he plans to serve out his term on the ZBA and remain active in civic matters.

“This election did remind me about what matters most in life,” he wrote, “and it’s your family and friends. I have a lot to be thankful for, a beautiful and loving wife and daughter who mean the world to me.”

Turnout topped 39 percent in Tuesday’s election, marking the highest level of participation in a local contest in the last 25 years. It ranged from a high of 53 percent in Precinct 4, where more than half of the 2,796 registered voters cast ballots, to a low of 15 percent in Precinct 17, where just 207 of 1,404 voters cast ballots.

The MetroWest Daily News
Jim Haddadin
Daily News staff writer Jonathan Dame contributed to this report.
Original: Spicer had broad support in Framingham election win