Around 9:30 p.m., after ballot 75, Carr called for compromise and put his support behind William Legault. Furey voted for Legault with Carr for one ballot, but the attempt still fell short of the six votes needed for a majority.
Carr voted for Legault for five ballots, but resumed voting for Corchado when it became clear the board wasn’t going for his compromise.
“What happened last night was an embarrassment,” Carr said yesterday afternoon. “I proposed a compromise last night and it fell on deaf ears ... I was embarrassed by the behavior of some of my fellow councilors, the laughing, the joking. We owe the voters of Salem, to serve them with dignity and respect and that was not the case at times last night.”
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.
Those voting for Pinto lauded his work ethic, devotion to the city and ability to “hit the ground running,” having attended meetings and kept tabs on city issues since leaving office.
Other councilors backed Corchado because she said she won’t run for re-election after serving the one year of Lovely’s term. Selecting a candidate who would run for office would give them a leg up in the next election, they argued.
“I will not grant someone incumbency tonight,” said Carr. “To do so is a slap in the face of the electorate.”
The council chambers were packed to standing room only at the start of the meeting. The crowd slowly thinned as the proceedings stretched into the wee hours of the morning.
Corchado, Pinto, Legault and Sawicki stayed until the meeting’s end. At one point, late into the evening, Sicuranza raised his voice out of frustration and challenged the councilors to “be leaders” and “find a solution.”