Framingham's First Mayor-Elect Yvonne Spicer Reflects On Her Mother's Lessons, Paths Forward For New City

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Framingham's first mayor-elect, Yvonne Spicer (Meghna Chakrabarti/WBUR)
Framingham's first mayor-elect, Yvonne Spicer (Meghna Chakrabarti/WBUR)

Yvonne Spicer made history in November when she was elected to become Framingham's first mayor. Now, the former educator and executive at the Museum of Science in Boston is tasked with leading the town's transition to a city government.

That decision, to become a city, was divisive. In April, voters narrowly approved the change — by 112 votes.

But Spicer says she has the drive and experience to help craft a 21st century municipal government. Much of that drive comes from her mother, Dorothy, who never went to high school and worked multiple jobs to ensure her four children could all go to college.


Yvonne Spicer, Framingham's incoming first mayor and a former executive at the Museum of Science, Boston. She tweets @spicerformayor.

This segment aired on December 21, 2017.

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