Scanlon’s endorsement, which was filmed by the Slate campaign, marked the first major news in the mayoral campaign since the Sept. 24 preliminary election.
That election established Cahill, a former state representative and city councilor, as the favorite heading into the Nov. 5 final election, based on his more than 1,000-vote margin over Slate.
“I think it’s an uphill battle for Wes, but I’m optimistic,” Scanlon said.
Scanlon said Slate was up against a strong get-out-the-vote effort and citywide mailings by the Cahill campaign for the preliminary election.
Slate said he sent out targeted mailings but decided to hold off on the more expensive citywide mailings until the final election. He easily finished ahead of the third candidate, Euplio “Rick” Marciano, to qualify for the final.
The Slate campaign is counting on making up votes by appealing to the approximately 6,000 more voters who are expected to show up in November. Only 5,213 people, or 25 percent of registered voters, voted in the preliminary.
“I’ve had people that told me they support me and gave me money or put up a lawn sign and didn’t think the primary was enough of a reason to come out,” Slate said.
In his endorsement, Scanlon said Slate has put in “endless hours” in his six years as a city councilor, including serving as chairman of a committee that revised and updated more than 400 pages of city ordinances.
Scanlon made the endorsement with his wife, Louise, at his side. Louise Scanlon has donated $325 to Slate’s campaign, according to campaign finance records.
In his prepared remarks, Slate said his grandparents, who came to the United States from the Azores when they were teenagers, would have been proud to see their oldest grandchild run for mayor.
“They would have enjoyed this, but believing in the promise of this country, they would not have been totally surprised,” Slate said.
The 10 a.m. ceremony was attended by about a dozen people, including City Council President Paul Guanci, who has donated $100 to the Slate campaign.
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