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Framingham voters get first chance on mayor, council

Framingham, Massachusetts -- 8/20/2015-- People walk past the Town Hall in Framingham, Massachusetts August 20, 2015. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: 30weframin Reporter:

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Last spring, residents voted to change the government structure from town to city and creating a mayor’s seat to replace the Board of Selectmen as the town’s chief executive.

Voters in Framingham will get their first chance to cast ballots for mayor in the preliminary election Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Last spring, residents narrowly approved a ballot question changing the government structure from town to city and creating a mayor’s seat to replace the Board of Selectmen as the town’s chief executive.

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Seven candidates — Joshua Paul Horrigan, Benjamin Neves-Grigg, Dhruba Sen, Priscila Sousa, Yvonne Spicer, John Stefanini, and Mark Tilden — are vying for that honor. The top two vote-getters will move on to the general election in November.

Voters will also get their first chance to vote for City Council. Last April’s ballot question approved a new charter creating such a body, with nine district members serving two-year terms and two at-large members serving four-year terms. The council, meeting at least monthly, will replace the representative Town Meeting.

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Residents will be voting for at-large councilor and district councilor in districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Four at-large candidates will move on to the general election and two from each district will be on the final ballot.

There are no preliminary races for the other districts or School Committee.

To help inform residents about the first city election, Framingham has created an “Election Central’’ page on its municipal website. Residents can visit www.FraminghamMa.gov/ElectionCentral to check their voter registration, polling location, and preview the preliminary sample ballots.

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Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The general election is Nov. 7; the last day to register is Oct. 18.

Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com.
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