BEVERLY — Voters will take their first step toward electing a new mayor and two new city councilors when they go to the polls for today’s preliminary election.
Former city councilor Mike Cahill, current city councilor Wes Slate and U.S. Army veteran Euplio “Rick” Marciano are competing to replace Mayor Bill Scanlon, who is not seeking re-election after a record 18 years in office.
Meanwhile, five candidates in Ward 1 and four candidates in Ward 2 are vying for City Council seats that are opening up with the retirement of Ward 1’s Maureen Troubetaris and with Slate’s decision to run for mayor.
The top two finishers in each of the three races on the ballot today will advance to the Nov. 5 final election.
In the mayor’s race, Cahill and Slate are the favorites to advance, based on prior election showings and current fundraising.
Cahill raised $22,670 from Jan. 1 through Aug. 30, according to campaign finance reports filed at City Hall, while Slate brought in $17,855.
Cahill out-spent Slate, $9,711 to $8,960, during that time period. Marciano spent $1,965, all of it his own money.
Slate, 63, is a three-term city councilor from Ward 2 making his first run at citywide office. Cahill, 51, is a former five-term state representative and one-term city councilor making his second try at the mayor’s office. Two years ago, he topped the ticket in the preliminary before losing to Scanlon in November.
Marciano, 52, has lost four previous tries at elective office, including two for mayor.
In Ward 1, the candidates are former congressional candidate Daniel Fishman, longtime Conservation Commission Chairman David Lang, Ryal Side Cafe owner Susan Woods Powell, Cafe Salerno owner Michael Rotondo and constable Timothy Rubchinuk.
On the ballot in Ward 2 are Children’s Trust Fund Deputy Director Bryant Ayles, health outreach worker Lance Daly, former substitute teacher Rosemary Maglio and Beverly Farmers’ Market owner Estelle Rand.