Frates, who served one term on the Board of Aldermen in the late 1980s, cited his deep roots in the city and his 15 years as a wealth management executive. “We’re invested in Beverly,” he said.
In the Ward 6 School Committee race, Lorinda Visnick is challenging eight-year incumbent Maria Decker.
Decker said she has contributed to the building of the new high school, an increase in enrollment due to the school district’s improved reputation, and the plans for a new middle school. She said she brings a “composed demeanor” and “even temperament” to the School Committee.
Visnick criticized the School Committee for what she said was a lack of information on the proposal to move fifth-graders from the elementary schools to the new middle school when it opens. She said the School Committee is “suffering from dysfunction.”
The forum also included the five candidates for the three at-large City Council seats: incumbents Paul Guanci and Jason Silva and challengers Todd Murphy, Matt St. Hilaire and Todd Rotondo.
The mayoral candidates are scheduled to debate again tonight in a forum sponsored by Beverly Main Streets at Beverly High School. The at-large, Ward 2 and Ward 3 City Council candidates will also participate. The forum starts at 7 p.m.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.