Pinto served four years as a councilor-at-large before losing his bid for re-election in 2011. Corchado is an activist in the city’s Point neighborhood and Ward 1 councilor from 2004 to 2007.
Turiel, who became visibly frustrated as Thursday’s meeting wore on, said it’s up to the Pinto supporters to break the stalemate.
“The Pinto camp is really the ones that have the power to do something. They don’t have the ability to switch anyone to (vote for) Steve (Pinto). They’re not going to get their guy ... At least one of them has to agree there’s another guy they can support — it doesn’t have to be Lucy (Corchado) — and get the ball rolling.”
The Salem News left messages for all 10 city councilors yesterday; councilors Tom Furey, Arthur Sargent, McCarthy, Sosnowski, Jerry Ryan and Paul Prevey could not be reached for comment.
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