With Election Day 16 days away, we launched a new feature: 16 reasons in 16 days. From now until Election Day, we’ll be unveiling 16 reasons to reelect Tom Sannicandro on Nov. 6 as state representative.
Oct. 24, Day 3 (14 days to go): Tom was born and raised in Framingham and has lived in Ashland 26 years
Tom has been a member of the Framingham/Ashland neighborhood since he was born, and he knows the needs of the community.
Tom’s family immigrated from Southern Italy in the early 1900s and settled in the MetroWest--mostly in Framingham. His grandfather worked at a shoe factory in Downtown Framingham, and his grandmother worked at a rubber factory called Hodgman Rubber making rubber gloves.
Tom was born at Framingham hospital (now MetroWest Medical Center). His parents owned Wayside Market on Waverly Street, and when he grew up he worked the register and stocking shelves (watch the video above).
Tom’s father ran the store. His uncles were also active members of the community: one was a school principle, another was a firefighter, and a third was a teamster delivering beer.
Tom was a member of one of the first classes in Framingham to earn an EMT license, and to pay for college, he worked for Chaulk Ambulance.
He has also worked as a Big Brother, been a member of the Framingham Civic League, and was Chair of the Ashland School Committee. He has also taught at Framingham State.
Tom has lived in Ashland for 26 years with his wife, Mary Anne, and has raised his four children there.
Tom has seen Ashland and Framingham grow and transform in the last 50 years and knows our needs as well as anyone. He wants to represent the community and see it thrive because it is his home and where he has roots.
If Tom is reelected as state representative, he will continue to provide the resources that Ashland and Framingham families need to be successful.
Oct. 23, Day 2: Tom Sannicandro supports local schools
Oct 22, Day 1: Let's pass the Updated Bottle Bill