“I felt I’ve made somewhat of a difference in Beverly, and I’d like to go at it again for at least another two years,” he said. “There’s a lot happening in Beverly now and in the future that I’d like to continue to take a part in.”
Parisella said he has helped ensure the future of the River House homeless shelter by securing $200,000 in state funding in each of the last two years.
As a member of the Army Reserves and vice chairman of the joint committee on veterans and federal affairs, Parisella said he has also helped pass legislation that benefits veterans. One law gives veterans college credit for their military training, while another, signed last week by Gov. Deval Patrick, provides tuition reimbursement and other protections for students who are called to active duty.
Marciano, who is running as a Libertarian, said Parisella could be vulnerable on issues like the Brimbal Avenue rezoning project. Parisella, an attorney, resigned from his job with the law firm that was representing the developer after complaints about a potential conflict of interest.
Parisella is now working for the Salem law firm of Tinti, Quinn, Grover & Frey.
“Jerry’s got the popularity contest won,” Marciano said. “He grew up here, and he knows more individuals.”
Stewart, the Beverly Republican City Committee chairwoman, said a strong Republican candidate would have a chance at unseating Parisella.
“It’s a winnable race for the right candidate,” she said. “We’ve just got to get them in.”
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