, Salem, MA


November 8, 2012

Scramble on for Lovely's Salem City Council seat

SALEM — Former City Councilor Lucy Corchado has emerged as a possible candidate to succeed City Council President Joan Lovely, who announced that she will step down in January after her landslide election this week to the Massachusetts Senate.

Corchado, a former Ward 1 councilor and Point neighborhood activist, said yesterday that she would be willing to fill out the remaining year of Lovely’s two-year term as a councilor-at-large.

“I have been approached by some folks,” she said. “... I would be interested, yes.”

The unexpected emergence of Corchado, who served from 2004 to 2007, throws one more name into a mad scramble to fill Lovely’s seat.

So far, most of the talk has focused on former Councilor-at-large Steve Pinto, who was knocked out of office a year ago after serving four years, and restaurant owner Darek Barcikowski, who is active in local and national politics but has never held public office in Salem. He was the runner-up in last year’s councilor-at-large election.

In that race, Lovely topped the ticket and was one of four councilors elected to at-large seats. Barcikowski came in just out of the running in fifth place, with Pinto close behind in sixth.

Both Pinto and Barcikowski said yesterday that they are eyeing the seat.

“Yes, I’m interested, absolutely,” said Pinto, who reportedly has strong support from several current councilors.

Barcikowski, who was Lovely’s campaign manager in the recent state Senate campaign, said, “I have made my intentions known to councilors that if the opportunity were to arise, I would be honored to fill Joan’s seat.”

Behind the scenes, there is a lot of maneuvering and lobbying under way, and also a search for precedents or traditions that might guide the vote.

Should it go to the runner-up in the last election, the precedent used in filling a recent School Committee vacancy? Should it go to a veteran councilor who will not seek re-election? Should it go to the best-qualified person, whether he or she has held office or not?

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Local News
  • Salem's Collins seeks longer day

    SALEM -- Collins Middle School may look a little different next year. For starters, longtime Principal Mary Manning, who has headed the school for more than 20 years, is retiring and will be replaced by a new, yet-unnamed principal. More than that, t

    April 19, 2014 6 Stories

  • 140418_SN_KYU_WALK_2 Walking the Walk BEVERLY -- Four hundred thirty walkers, 10.5 miles and $65,000. Those are the numbers you can count on just about every year from the Good Friday Walk. The 35th annual walk produced those figures once again yesterday, with the money going to help nee

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Marblehead chief charts drop in crime MARBLEHEAD -- Police chief Robert Picariello has highlighted an overall drop in crime from 2012 to 2013 in his annual report to the town. The decrease was substantial in the category of crimes against persons, down 23 percent for incidents like rape,

    April 19, 2014

  • North Shore residents to run in 2014 Boston Marathon

    The Salem News asked those on the North Shore who are running this year's Boston Marathon to share their reasons for running. 

    If you're running the marathon this year, it's not too late to share why you're running. Send a brief paragraph, a photo of yourself and a link to your fundraising site (if applicable) to Cheryl Richardson at

    April 17, 2014

  • One-way school bus passes to get trial run in Peabody PEABODY -- Students will be able to ride the school bus one way next year without paying the price of a round-trip fare. The School Committee has agreed to offer one-way passes on a trial basis following review of transportation data and a proposal f

    April 19, 2014