Dunne’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination potentially would have been Tom Gould of the City Council, a top citywide vote-getter. The brother-in-law of Danvers and West Peabody Rep. Ted Speliotis, Gould flirted with the idea and was mentioned frequently as a likely contender. He has decided, however, not to run.
Gould said that the election comes at a busy time in his life: His daughter is getting married.
“It’s much more important that my daughter has wonderful wedding,” he said.
As an officer in the Democratic City Committee, he said that he will withhold his support until after the primary.
Ward 3 Councilor Jim Moutsoulas might join the battle for the Democratic nomination.
“I’m thinking about it,” said Moutsoulas, who had his bid to win the special election slip away when he was disqualified over a ballot technicality. He was subsequently re-elected to the council after a long absence.
“I love being on the council,” Moutsoulas said. “But I feel I could do a lot more for the city of Peabody on the state level.”
Moutsoulas has never won a citywide race (the representative district embraces all of Peabody with the exception of some precincts in West Peabody), but he believes his connection to the city enhances his chances.
“I’ve been involved my whole adult life in the city of Peabody,” he said.
Cole is not likely to have the luxury she enjoyed last year with an established politician mounting an independent challenge and likely taking votes from her Democrat challenger. City Councilor Barry Osborne has flirted with the idea of running as an independent.
“I haven’t made a decision,” he said yesterday. “But I’m 90 percent sure I’m not going to run.”
As he nears retirement, Osborne said, he is dealing with changes at his job.
“I just don’t know if running is the right thing to do,” he said.
The primary election is scheduled for Sept. 9, with the general election to follow on Nov. 4. Candidates pulling papers are expected to collect 150 signatures, but to guard against invalid or illegible names they generally hope to have more than twice that number.
Alan Burke can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.