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July 27, 2013

Peabody mayor gets a free ride into November election

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In Ward 3, three candidates are looking to take the seat being vacated by the retiring Rico Mello. They include former candidate Thomas Serino, former at-large councilor Bill Toomey and former councilor and mayoral candidate Jim Moutsoulas.

In Ward 5, the retirement of Dave Gamache has helped attract two candidates, neighborhood activist and blogger Bob Croce as well as Joel Saslaw, who has been active in youth sports. Veteran incumbent Arthur Athas in Ward 2 matches up with Peter McGinn, a member of the Community Preservation Committee and brother of former councilor John McGinn, who was also former Mayor Peter Torigian’s campaign manager.

Running unopposed on the ballot will be Ward 1 Councilor Barry Osborne, Ward 2’s Bob Driscoll and Ward 6’s Barry Sinewitz. Each council seat is for a two-year term. Candidates are required to return 50 signatures by Tuesday, although it’s advisable to have as many as twice that number. As of yesterday only Gould, Osborne, Donovan and Bakula had failed to bring in the names.

Four candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for three School Committee terms lasting four years. Newcomer Neil Papamechail will be facing off against incumbents Jarrod Hochman, Beverley Griffin Dunne and Tom Rossignoll. As of yesterday none had returned their papers.

Six candidates for library trustee are competing for four seats with six-year terms. They include incumbents Jean Ahearn and Don McAllister, as well as Paul Jordan Misci, Louis Chinappi, Stephanie Najjar and Robert Forti.

Only one person can win a six-year term on the Peabody Municipal Light Commission, and only one has pulled the necessary papers, Charles Bonfanti, brother of former Mayor Michael Bonfanti.

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