, Salem, MA

June 4, 2013

Familiar names on Salem's November ballot

Bethany Bray
Staff writer

---- — SALEM — It’s looking like the November election ballot will have a lot of familiar names.

Kevin Carr is the only incumbent city councilor who has not pulled papers for re-election. The remaining 10 councilors intend to run again in November.

Candidates have until July 30 to take out nomination papers, collect signatures and return the paperwork to the city clerk’s office.

Carr, one of four at-large councilors, could not be reached for comment yesterday. He is serving his first term on the City Council; he was elected in November 2011 after serving six years on the School Committee.

Three School Committee seats will be on the November ballot, and the three incumbents, Janet Crane, Lisa Lavoie and Brendan Walsh, have all taken out papers to run for re-election. They’ll be joined by Patrick Schultz, owner of Howling Wolf Taqueria on Lafayette Street and a former Salem High School teacher.

Mayor Kim Driscoll is running for re-election, but so far has no major opposition. Four political outsiders have pulled papers to run against her: Kenneth Sawicki, Cedric Ashley Jr., Elvis Alvarez and Scott Herwig.

Driscoll, who was elected to her first term in 2006, had $52,863 in her campaign finance account in December 2012, the most recent filing with the state.

As of this week, City Councilors Robert McCarthy (Ward 1), Todd Siegel (Ward 3), Josh Turiel (Ward 5) and Joseph O’Keefe (Ward 7) are running unopposed.

Jerry Ryan, the Ward 4 councilor and council president, has decided to run as an at-large councilor, along with at-large incumbents William Legault, Arthur Sargent and Thomas Furey.

With Ryan’s move to the at-large race, three newcomers are seeking the Ward 4 seat: Gina Flynn, David Eppley and Sean O’Brien.

In Ward 2, Councilor Michael Sosnowski has one challenger: Heather Famico, niece of former City Councilor (1976-1989) Frances Grace and daughter of Don Famico, the city’s animal control officer.

Ward 6 Councilor Paul Prevey also has a challenger: Beth Gerard, a policy analyst who lives on Larchmont Road and works part time at Pamplemousse on Essex Street.

Sawicki, who runs for office frequently but unsuccessfully, has taken out papers to run for several offices in addition to mayor.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.