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September 25, 2013

Voters trim field in Ward 1, Ward 2 races

BEVERLY — Voters in Ward 1 and Ward 2 made their first set of choices last night in the race for two open seats on the City Council.

In Ward 1, longtime Conservation Commission chairman David Lang and Cafe Salerno owner Michael Rotondo took the top two spots in a field of five candidates to advance to the Nov. 5 final.

In Ward 2, Beverly Farmers’ Market owner Estelle Rand and Children’s Trust Fund deputy director Bryant Ayles were the top two finishers among four candidates.

Lang and Rotondo will now square off in Ryal Side to see who replaces Maureen Troubetaris, the Ward 1 councilor who announced her retirement after 22 years on the City Council.

Lang took first place with 384 votes, while Rotondo placed second with 328.

“It shows that hard work does pay off, and we’re very glad to be in the finals,” Lang said. “We walked the entire ward and met a lot of people. I think that was the difference.”

In Ward 2, Rand (349 votes) and Ayles (231 votes) will compete to fill the seat vacated by three-term incumbent Wes Slate, who is running for mayor. Ward 2 covers the downtown and waterfront.

Rand said her visibility as the founder of the Farmers’ Market helped her campaign.

“The amount of collaborative effort it takes to put something like that together, that’s a powerful thing that I’ve done,” she said. “I think just pointing that out to people gives them the confidence to vote for me.”

Voter turnout was 24 percent in Ward 1 and 22 percent in Ward 2.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

CITY COUNCIL RESULTS

Ward 1 City Councilor

*David Lang 384

*Michael Rotondo 328

Susan Woods Powell 191

Timothy Rubchinuk 67

Daniel Fishman 46

Ward 2 City Councilor

*Estelle Rand 349

*Bryant Ayles 231

Lance Daly 197

Rosemary Maglio 115

(*) denotes candidates who advance to the November final election

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