“Everybody did a great job, and it is what it is,” Bennett said. “Given, being a presidential year, makes a big difference. There’s a lot of people who only vote every four years. Those people don’t know the local issues.” Many times, they only vote for an incumbent.
When asked if his candidacy made an impact on the issues, Bennett said: “I know it made an impact. Those are issues we are concerned about, and there are still issues we have to take care of.” Bennett said state Sen.-elect Joan Lovely of Salem is also concerned about the homeless in motels and the need for transitional housing, and said he hopes to work with her as a selectman.
“I am only thinking about tonight,” Bennett said when asked if he planned to run for selectman in the spring when his term is up.
Speliotis, at his victory party, thanked his grown daughters, Pia and Ashley, and noted that his granddaughter, Kayla Marie, at 13 months now knows to automatically wave at passing cars as her grandfather does on the campaign trail.
“She is the most recognizable 1-year-old in Danvers right now,” Speliotis said of his granddaughter, who graced his campaign literature.