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July 27, 2013

Big field for Salem school board

Saltonstall calendar issue spurs crowded school board race


In addition to his bids for School Committee and Ward 6 councilor, Sawicki has also pulled papers to run for mayor and councilor at-large.

It’s looking like residents will have several choices for the four councilor at-large positions, as well. Incumbent Councilors Ryan, William Legault, Arthur Sargent and Thomas Furey have all pulled papers, as well as Norene Gachignard, a former School Committee member; Paulette Puleo; Elaine Milo and Sawicki.

Councilor-at-large Kevin Carr announced earlier this spring he will not run for re-election due to work commitments.

In Ward 1, former at-large councilor Steven Pinto has pulled papers to challenge incumbent Councilor Robert McCarthy. In Ward 2, Heather Famico, niece of former Councilor Frances Grace, has pulled papers to challenge incumbent Councilor Michael Sosnowski.

Kim Driscoll, Salem’s mayor since 2006, is running for re-election. In addition to Sawicki, several political outsiders have pulled papers to run against her: William Russell Burns III, Cedric Ashley Jr. and Elvis Alvarez. Scott Herwig, who took out nomination papers earlier, has withdrawn, according to the City Clerk’s office.

Burns, a Warner Street resident who works in marketing and sales, took out nomination papers yesterday.

There will be a preliminary mayoral election if more than two candidates return nomination papers.

The final election will be Nov. 5.

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




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