Karen Harrington recalled the time that she was having Sunday dinner at Maureen Troubetaris’ house in Beverly when Troubetaris got a call from an elderly woman who was upset that a snowplow had plowed in her driveway.
As the longtime city councilor from Ward 1, Troubetaris was accustomed to such phone calls. She promptly put down her fork, picked up her shovel and drove to the woman’s house to fix the problem herself.
“As far as what she’s done for this ward and the people of this ward,” said Harrington, a longtime friend and supporter, “she’s just gone over and above.”
A generation of Ryal Side residents has grown up with Troubetaris as their city councilor, but that is about to change. Troubetaris announced Monday night that she will not seek re-election, a decision that will bring to a close the longest tenure ever for a Beverly city councilor.
Troubetaris, who will turn 70 next month, has served on the council for 22 years.
“It’s been coming,” she said of her decision. “It’s been a long time, 22 years. It’s time to give someone else a shot at it.”
Troubetaris was first elected in 1991, two years after her husband, Ed, died of a heart attack while running for the same office. Ed Troubetaris had lost his seven previous elections. Maureen Troubetaris ended up winning all 11 of hers.
“I wasn’t just trying to prove a point,” she said of winning the seat her husband never did. “I was genuinely involved in the neighborhood.”
Troubetaris, a Beverly native, breezed to most of her re-election victories, often running unopposed. She said she never took an election for granted, knocking on 2,500 doors in every campaign.
“You have to get out into the neighborhood and see what people’s needs and concerns are,” she said.