SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

September 17, 2013

Primary will whittle candidates down to two

By Alan Burke
Staff writer

---- — PEABODY — It’s an off-year election in a single ward, and it’s not even the final, but a primary between three City Council Ward 3 candidates today is still getting a lot of attention. City Clerk Tim Spanos expects up to 13 percent of eligible voters to cast a ballot. That’s a lot given the circumstance. For example, only 6 percent voted in the March Republican primary for state representative.

Two former councilors with long careers, Bill Toomey and Jim “Demos” Moutsoulas, will be running, along with relative newcomer Thomas Serino. The two top vote-getters, regardless of their percentage of the vote, will appear on the ballot in November, with the third man eliminated.

Spanos estimates that about 600 of 4,500 registered voters will turn out. Voters in both Precincts 1 and 2 will vote at our Lady of Fatima Church. Those in Precinct 3 can cast their ballots at the Wilson Terrace Community Hall.