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November 7, 2013

Election brings big changes to Beverly


Cahill said he will meet with advisers later this week to start planning for the transition. He said he hopes to meet with Scanlon soon, as well as with city councilors and School Committee members.

“A lot of good people put themselves out there as candidates. It was a great election,” Cahill said. “I’m looking forward to working with the new and returning members of both the City Council and School Committee.”

Cahill said he will continue to work for the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs up until the day before he is sworn into office.

As mayor, Cahill will be working with a revamped City Council led once again by Guanci, who as the top vote-getter in the at-large race automatically becomes council president.

Guanci supported Slate in the mayor’s race but said that will not affect his ability to work with Cahill.

“I don’t have anything personal against Michael,” Guanci said. “Wes and I are extremely close friends, and that’s why I supported Wes. I will do whatever I can to move the city forward. I hope there’s no hard feelings. I hope in time that Mike and I will be able to work together.”

Cahill also said he anticipates no problems working with Guanci.

“I’ve always liked Paul, and I always had a good working relationship with him,” Cahill said. “Paul’s a good person, and he serves the city well.”

The election’s biggest surprises came in Ward 6, where incumbents Maria Decker on the School Committee and Brett Schetzsle on the City Council were both knocked off.

Lorinda Visnick, who has been active for years with school PTOs, raised more than three times as much money as Decker, the School Committee president, according to campaign finance records. Decker is in her fourth term but had never faced an opponent.

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