BY ETHAN FORMAN
---- — DANVERS — New Brothers Restaurant and Deli co-owner Kary Andrinopoulos’ hopes of being re-elected honorary mayor of Danvers could be dashed this year.
He’s facing a strong challenge from another person who deals with food and entertainment in town: Danversport Yacht Club restaurant manager Larry DeLorenzo.
The two men are locked in a four-way race in the popular Danvers Rotary Club fundraiser to elect a new honorary mayor of Danvers. As of yesterday afternoon, DeLorenzo had 256 votes to incumbent Andrinopoulos’ 166.
Gayla Bartlett, manager of Cranney Self Storage and president of North Shore Women in Business, stood in third place, and Kelly Delaney, the owner of Cakes for Occasions, was in fourth.
The election for honorary mayor is one of the few where the phrase “vote early and often” makes sense — each vote represents a $5 donation to Danvers Rotary and its scholarships. Unlike official town elections, you don’t have to be a resident of Danvers to vote.
As of yesterday afternoon, with eight days to go, the fundraiser had raised more than $2,500 for college scholarships for Danvers high school students. There is still plenty of time left to vote. Last go-around, the campaigns raised $16,000 for scholarships, and some are hoping to top that total.
The winner will be announced at the Rotary-sponsored band concert at the Rotary Pavilion, 15 Sylvan St., the Danvers library, on Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m., an event that is part of Danvers Family Festival.
While Danvers has a town manager and Board of Selectmen to administer town affairs, the honorary mayor’s job will be to appear at various Rotary functions.
DeLorenzo, according to his candidate’s page, is running as “the party’s on” candidate, given the number of events the Danversport Yacht Club hosts. “Win or lose, the party’s on,” his page states.
As a restaurant owner, Andrinopoulos’ platform is simple: “A chicken in every pot and smiles at every table.”
Andrinopoulos said he is not that far behind in the voting, and he is planning a fundraiser at his Danvers Square eatery on Monday, from 7 to 9 a.m., to gather more vote donations. He is the first winner of the contest, which started in 2011. It was the brainchild of Rotarian Neal Waldman, who got the idea from a fundraiser on Nantucket.
“The most important thing is we raise money for scholarships,” Andrinopoulos said.
Bartlett is hoping to tap her social media networks and affiliations with other service organizations: She’s vice president of both the Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership and the Danvers Kiwanis. She’s also on the board of directors for Building Bridges Through Music and is an affiliate member of the North Shore Association of Realtors.
”No matter who wins, the kids win,” said Bartlett, who has been posting her campaign posters around town. Her goal is for the fundraiser to top $20,000 this year. Bartlett, who grew up in Salem, was also the beneficiary of a Rotary scholarship when she went to college.
Cakes for Occasions owner Delaney said in her Web page bio: “I am proud to participate in this event again this year. I think it is a fun way to raise funds with Danvers Rotary to support our community through scholarships and donations. Being in a creative field, I love to support ‘out of the box’ campaigns!”
Voting ends midnight Wednesday, June 26. Visit https://mayorofdanvers.fundraise.com/activity/danvers-rotary-club/danvers-honorary-mayor-2013 to learn more.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.