BY PAUL LEIGHTON
---- — 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.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or email@example.com.
Money raised Mike Cahill: $22,670 Wes Slate: $17,855 Euplio "Rick" Marciano: $1,965 Contributors Cahill campaign Tom Alexander, attorney, $300 Duane Anderson, School Committee candidate, $75 Robert Broudo, Landmark School headmaster, $500 Lee Dellicker, Windover Construction president, $500 Scott Dulleau, city councilor at-large, $480 Michael Harrington, former congressman, $250 Frank Kinzie, Beverly Port Marina, owner, $150 Patrick Lucci, former mayoral candidate, $100 David Mills, Danvers selectman, $100 Todd Murphy, City Council at-large candidate, $100 Lorinda Visnick, School Committee candidate, $100 Contributors to Slate campaign John Archer, River House board of directors, $75 Ron Costa, former city councilor, $200 John Dunn, city finance director, $150 Roy Gelineau, city solicitor, $500 Paul Guanci, City Council president, $100 Kevin Hobin, former city councilor, $100 Robert Munroe, former assistant city solicitor, $100 Bruce Nardella, former city councilor, $100 Richard Pierce, retired fire chief, $100 Arthur Powell, Beverly Democratic City Committee, $150 Estelle Rand, City Council candidate, $75 Louise Scanlon, wife of Mayor Bill Scanlon, $325 Richard Wylie, Endicott College president, $250 Candidates Mayoral candidates (as appearing on ballot) Michael P. Cahill D. Wesley Slate, Jr. Euplio R. Marciano Councilor Ward 1 candidates Michael T. Rotondo David J. Lang Susan Woods Powell Timothy J. Rubchinuk Daniel Fishman Councilor Ward 2 candidates Estelle M. Rand Rosemary A. Maglio Bryant T. Ayles Lance J. Daly Where to vote Ward 1: Ayers-Ryal Side School, 40 Woodland Ave. Ward 2: Beverly Public Library, Winter Street entrance Ward 3: McKeown School, 70 Balch St. Ward 4: Cove School, 20 Eisenhower Ave. Ward 5: North Beverly School, 48 Putnam St. Ward 6: Centerville School, 17 Hull St.