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January 16, 2014

Another councilor mulls independent House run

PEABODY — Among those considering a run in November for the state representative seat held by Republican Leah Cole is Ward 1 City Councilor Barry Osborne.

“It’s a thought in my mind,” he told reporters prior to last week’s council meeting.

What’s more, Osborne is thinking he might run as an independent, hoping to let Cole and the Democratic candidate fight over their party faithful while he amasses at least a plurality by attracting the ever growing number of independents.

Of course, the same configuration of candidates was essential to Cole winning last year’s special election to succeed the late Joyce Spiliotis. Cole won a plurality as Democrat and School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne split the remainder of the electorate with former Democrat and City Councilor Dave Gravel, who ran as an independent.

Running as an independent, said Osborne, “is not out of the question. I have been an unenrolled voter for years and years.” At the same time, he acknowledged the reaction to Gravel’s efforts. “People didn’t understand Dave’s move.”

Told of Osborne’s remarks, Cole’s eyes widened. “Interesting,” was all she said.

A place to sit

It was Archimedes who said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” Give Peabody high school kids a place to sit, and they’ll have lunch. Up until now, says Superintendent Joe Mastrocola, the tables and chairs in the lunchroom were scarcely up to the task. New furnishings have been installed, with the old tables and chairs taken away for scrap.

Barrett assessed

The City Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Brian Barrett to the Board of Assessors. Barrett has a long history of service to the city, including a stint as assistant city solicitor.

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