BEVERLY — With the last day to hand in nomination papers to the City Clerk’s office passing yesterday, voters heading to the polls for a runoff election in September will, as expected, see a three-way race for mayor and a field of candidates seeking to be the next city councilors in Wards 1 and 2.
Those are the three races on tap for the preliminary election set for Sept. 24, which will narrow the field of mayoral candidates to two.
With the city’s longest-serving mayor, Mayor Bill Scanlon, retiring, the preliminary race for mayor will include retired U.S. Army Sgt. Euplio Marciano, a past candidate for mayor, former City Council president and former state Rep. Michael Cahill, who was in a close race with Scanlon in 2011, and Wes Slate, the retiring Ward 2 city councilor, who has served the past six years in that elected post.
Up for grabs are three seats for city councilor at-large and five candidates whose papers have been certified — not enough to trigger a runoff.
Councilor at-large and council President Paul Guanci and Councilor at-large Jason Silva will face a challenge from Todd Rotondo, Matthew St. Hilaire and Todd Murphy for the three open seats. A potential challenge by Lenore MacKay Gall did not materialize, according to the City Clerk’s office. Councilor at-large D. Scott Dullea has previously said he is not seeking re-election.
In Ward 1, the retirement of longtime Ward 1 Councilor Maureen Troubetaris means there are five candidates on the runoff ballot: Susan Woods Powell, Daniel Fishman, Timothy Rubchinuk, David Lang and Michael Rotondo. A challenge by resident Brian Williams did not emerge.
In Ward 2, Councilor Slate withdrew his name in June to run for mayor. Vying for Slate’s seat in a runoff will be Estelle Rand, Lance Daly, Bryant Ayles and Rosemary Maglio, all of whom have had their signatures certified.
While the races will not appear on the ballot until later in the fall, Ward 3 Councilor James Latter is facing a challenge from Scott Hunt, Ward 4 Councilor Scout Houseman will face a challenge from John Mullady, Ward 5 Councilor Donald Martin is running unopposed, and Ward 6 Councilor Brett Schetzsle is facing a challenge from John Frates Jr.
A race for Ward 1 School Committee member did not shape up, as Stephen Ingemi Jr. did not return his nomination papers, meaning incumbent Ward 1 School Committee member David Manzi is running unopposed. Ward 2 School Committee member Paul Manzo, Ward 3 School Committee member Kristin Silverstein and Ward 4 School Committee member Matthew Kavanagh are running unopposed.
In Ward 5, incumbent School Committee member AnnMarie McNulty-Cesa is facing a challenge from Duane Anderson, whose papers were certified yesterday. In Ward 6, School Committee member Maria Decker will face challenger Lorinda Visnick, whose papers were certified on Monday.
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