, Salem, MA

March 22, 2013

Election takes shape in Danvers


---- — DANVERS — Voters will decide a three-way race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen and a two-way race for a spot on the Housing Authority in the May 7 Town Election.

With the deadline for candidates to hand in their nomination papers having passed, incumbent Selectmen Dan Bennett and Keith Lucy are facing a challenge from former town moderator and retired state Appeals Court judge David Mills. Bennett, Lucy and Mills are running for two three-year terms.

A potential challenge from Foster Street resident James Mitchell did not emerge. He instead will be running for one of six available Precinct 3 Town Meeting member seats, Assistant Town Clerk Kathy Woytovich said.

Bennett is a self-employed real estate broker who was elected in 2007. He has a long list of public service to the town, having served on the School Committee and the Board of Library Trustees. He presently serves on the board of Essex Agricultural and Technical High School.

Lucy, an electrical engineer elected in 2004, is the second-longest-serving member of the board next to Selectman Mike Powers. Powers and Lucy are credited with crafting a financing plan for the new Danvers High project without the need for a Proposition 21/2 override.

Mills, a Danvers native, served as a Town Meeting member for about 25 years and was the town moderator for about three years before becoming a judge in 2001. The attorney has worked as a prosecutor for the district attorney and the state attorney general.

In other races, School Committee member Arthur Skarmeas is unopposed in his bid for another three-year term.

There’s a potential for two new faces on the board of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, which has three three-year terms up for grabs. Incumbent Julie Curtis and Natalie Luca Fiore and Frank Herschede all returned papers by the March 19 deadline. Incumbent Kathleen Lopes did not.

The Housing Authority has two candidates seeking a five-year term: incumbent Ann Marie Penick and Michael Swindell.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.