It’s Official: We Have a Contested Race for Framingham District 2 City Council

Both Brandon Ward and Sean Silk had their nomination papers certified by the City Clerk’s office.
City Council
Government & Politics

Sharon Machlis Gartenberg


July 11, 2023

Brandon Ward and Sean Silk both returned their District 2 City Council nomination papers to the City Clerk’s office and have been certified to appear on the November ballot.

That follows Councilor Cesar Stewart-Morales’ announcement that he will not run for re-election.

Ward, currently president of Friends of Saxonville and a member of the Keefe Tech School Committee, has a campaign website at and a campaign Facebook page. I haven’t seen a social media or Web presence yet for Silk, but I assume those are coming.

Ward sent this campaign announcement to

Brandon Ward announces candidacy for Framingham City Council, District 2

Ward brings local experience as a School Committee Member for Keefe Tech and as the Board President of Friends of Saxonville

FRAMINGHAM – “I am excited to announce my candidacy to represent District 2 on the Framingham City Council. As a Framingham resident, I’ve worked to make our community a more equitable, vibrant, and enjoyable place to live. I’m asking for your vote to continue this work on the City Council, and to fight for so much more.

I will advocate for a Framingham that is welcoming and inclusive. That provides everyone with equal access to opportunity. That embraces you regardless of where you’re coming from, what language you speak at home, or religion you practice. A Framingham that is affordable, for newcomers, longtimers, and everyone in between. And a city government that is transparent and easy to work with, whether you’re hoping to start a new business or simply access municipal services.

I believe deeply in the power of government, and more importantly, the power of caring and committed people inside of government to make a difference in the lives of others. And I believe that I’m the right person for this role at this moment. If elected to represent District 2, I pledge to fight every day to make a positive difference in our city and community. I promise to lead with authenticity, courage, and compassion. I promise to be a new voice with fresh ideas and a thoughtful perspective. And I promise to help others be positive change-agents within our city for the issues and causes they care about.”

Bio: Brandon Ward is a longtime Framingham resident, where he serves as a school committee member for the South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical School (Keefe Tech), on the boards of Downtown Framingham, Inc. and Friends of Saxonville, where he is the board president, and as a mentor through Framingham High School’s Mazie Mentoring Program. In his professional life, Brandon’s career has included stints in government, nonprofits, and higher education. Most recently, Brandon worked at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, where he facilitated leadership trainings for graduate students committed to public service and social justice. He has worked at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy as a faculty assistant to former Canadian politician Michael Ignatieff; at the international development nonprofit BRAC USA as the special assistant to the CEO; and in the U.S. Senate as a congressional aide to Senator Joe Lieberman.

(Sean Silk has not yet published a campaign announcement as far as I know.)

No one has pulled papers to challenge our incumbent At Large City Councilors George King and Janet Leombruno or District 2 School Committee member David Gordon. Leombruno and King have also had their nomination papers certified. Deadline for filing the papers is this Friday.

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