Former City Council president and state representative Mike Cahill has announced that he is running for mayor.
Cahill made the announcement in an e-mail this morning.
"Today, my campaign for mayor of the city of Beverly begins in earnest," he wrote. "I look forward to meeting, talking with, and hearing from the voters of Beverly throughout the next several months."
Cahill, 51, becomes the first person to declare his candidacy since Mayor Bill Scanlon announced last month that he will not seek re-election.
Cahill lost a close election to Scanlon two years ago and is considered a formidable candidate. The only other declared candidate is U.S. Army veteran Euplio Marciano, who has lost several bids for elective office.
City councilors Scott Houseman and Wes Slate and School Committee President Maria Decker have said they are considering a run for mayor. Council President Paul Guanci, long considered a potential candidate, has said he will not run for mayor this year.
Cahill was Beverly's state representative for 10 years and served two years on the City Council, where he named president by virtue of being the top vote-getter in the election.
He is a lawyer who works as the executive director of the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs.
"I bring the skills, the experience, the relationships, and the determination to move our city forward," he wrote in his announcement. "... I am fully prepared to lead."
Cahill, who lives on Foster Drive, is a lifelong Beverly resident from a large, well-known family. He came within 353 votes of beating Scanlon in 2011.
Scanlon, 73, announced last month that he will not seek re-election after 18 years in office, the longest mayoral tenure in the city's history.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.