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September 25, 2013

Cahill, Slate advance in mayor's race

Cahill wins 11 of 12 precincts in strong first-place showing


Cahill, a lawyer and the executive director of the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, credited his brother, Bob, for helping to get out the vote for yesterday’s preliminary.

Cahill said his brother brought his “big-city Boston get-out-the-vote know-how to Beverly,” referring to Bob Cahill’s work on state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry’s campaign.

Mike Cahill said yesterday’s win will give his campaign momentum heading into the final election.

“The feel in the city is that this is the time for a generational change in our local government,” he told his supporters. “We just have to make sure we make it happen on Nov. 5.”

The race marked the first time in 20 years that Scanlon’s name was not on the ballot for mayor. Scanlon announced in April that he would not seek re-election after a record 18 years in office.

Scanlon and several members of his City Hall staff attended Slate’s post-election gathering last night at Cove Community Center. Scanlon said he plans to make an official announcement this week that he is endorsing Slate for mayor.

“I’m very supportive of Wes,” he said.

Scanlon said the November election will be decided by voters who did not show up for yesterday’s preliminary. A total of 5,213 people voted, only 20 percent of the city’s 25,300 registered voters.

Final mayoral elections traditionally draw twice as many voters.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or


  Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5 Ward 6 Total
Mike Cahill 606 425 346 495 474 623 2,969
Euplio "Rick" Marciano 87 57 66 32 48 35 325
Wes Slate 338 421 145 383 263 329 1,879


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