, Salem, MA

April 4, 2013

Races start to take shape in Salem

By Bethany Bray

---- — SALEM — It’s looking like at least two names will appear alongside Mayor Kim Driscoll’s on the November ballot, but both of them are political outsiders.

Cedrick Ashley Jr., a substitute teacher who lives on Jefferson Avenue, and perennial candidate Ken Sawicki have pulled papers to run against Driscoll, who is seeking her third term.

Candidates for City Council and School Committee are also starting to line up for the fall election.

Three School Committee seats — currently held by Janet Crane, Lisa Lavoie and Brendan Walsh — will be on the November ballot. As of yesterday, Lavoie, who was appointed in December 2011 to a School Committee vacancy, was the only incumbent who had taken out nomination papers to run for re-election.

Patrick Schultz, owner of Howling Wolf Taqueria on Lafayette Street and a former Salem High School teacher, has also pulled papers for School Committee.

William Legault, who was appointed to a City Council vacancy in January, has decided to run for re-election for councilor-at-large. He’ll be joined in the at-large race by Jerry Ryan, the current Ward 4 councilor and council president. Incumbent Councilor-at-large Thomas Furey has also pulled papers.

With Ryan’s move to the at-large race, two newcomers are seeking the Ward 4 seat: David Eppley, an attorney and member of Salem’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and Sean O’Brien, a 2012 Salem State University graduate who ran for School Committee in 2011.

Heather Famico, niece of former City Councilor (1976-1989) Frances Grace and daughter of Don Famico, the city’s animal control officer, has pulled papers for Ward 2 city councilor. Incumbent Mike Sosnowski has not taken out papers to date.

In Ward 6, newcomer Beth Gerard, a policy analyst who lives on Larchmont Road, is running for city councilor. Gerard works part time at Pamplemousse on Essex Street.

Incumbent Councilors Robert McCarthy (Ward 1), Todd Siegel (Ward 3), Josh Turiel (Ward 5) and Joseph O’Keefe (Ward 7) are the only candidates so far in their respective wards.

Councilors Kevin Carr, Paul Prevey and Arthur Sargent have yet to pull papers or announce publicly whether they intend to run.

Candidates have through July 30 to take out nomination papers, collect signatures and return the paperwork to the city clerk’s office. The election is Nov. 5.

Driscoll was elected as Salem’s first female mayor in 2006 and re-elected in 2009 to a term that lasts through 2013. If re-elected in November, Driscoll would begin a third four-year term in January 2014.

Sawicki, who runs for office frequently, has taken out papers to run for several offices in addition to mayor.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.