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August 3, 2013

Runoff races on tap in Beverly

BEVERLY — Three preliminary races are shaping up for mayor, Ward 1 and Ward 2, as the deadline for candidates to pull nomination papers passed yesterday.

There were no last-minute candidates coming to City Hall yesterday at 5 p.m. All papers must be returned by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, to be certified.

For the first time in several election cycles, Mayor Bill Scanlon’s name will not be on the ballot. As of yesterday, three candidates for mayor had papers certified, triggering a preliminary race among McKay Street resident Euplio Marciano, a past candidate for mayor; Foster Drive resident, former City Council President and former state Rep. Michael Cahill, who challenged Scanlon in a close race two years ago; and Wes Slate, a Lothrop Street resident and Ward 2 city councilor for the past six years.

The preliminary election is set for Sept. 24.

There are three city councilor-at-large seats up for grabs and six potential candidates, not enough, though, to trigger a runoff.

Councilor-at-large and council President Paul Guanci of Cross Lane and Councilor-at-large Jason Silva of Dane Street, a former chief aide to Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, face a challenge from Kernwood Avenue resident Todd Rotondo, West Street resident Matthew St. Hilaire and Commons Drive resident Todd Murphy, who have all certified their nomination papers. Lenore MacKay Gall of Cross Street has pulled papers but had not yet returned them as of yesterday.

Councilor-at-large D. Scott Dullea had previously announced he would not seek re-election.

Voters in Ward 1 and Ward 2, where incumbents are not seeking re-election, will see preliminary races.

With longtime Ward 1 Councilor Maureen Troubetaris’ retirement after 22 years, six residents have pulled papers: Susan Woods Powell of Bridge Street, Brian Williams of Winthrop Avenue, Daniel Fishman of Colgate Road, Timothy Rubchinuk of Shortell Avenue, David Lang of Fosters Point and Michael Rotondo of Kernwood Avenue. Powell, Rubchinuk, Lang and Rotondo have had their signatures certified.

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