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October 30, 2013

Sosnowski leads in council money race

McCarthy, Pinto closely matched for contributions in Ward 1


Ward councilor donors

With so much interest in several key races, a lot of well-known locals have lined up behind candidates.

McCarthy, for example, got $250 from Salem Inn co-owner Diane Pabich; $250 from Frank Milo, husband of councilor-at-large candidate Elaine Milo; $100 from former Salem State College President Nancy Harrington; and $500 from Carter Vinson.

Contributing to Pinto’s comeback campaign were former Councilor John Ronan ($200), current councilors Mike Sosnowski and Todd Siegel ($100 each), former School Committee member Mike Allen ($200), former Health Board Chairwoman Paulette Puleo ($100) and former director of assessing Frank Kulik ($100).

Families sometimes have to split their support right down the middle. The Committee to Elect Joan Lovely, for example, gave McCarthy $100, while Attorney Steve Lovely, her husband, donated $200 to Pinto.

In the Ward 2 fight, Sosnowski got financial contributions from Dr. Patrick Curtin ($500), a former member of the Park and Recreation Board who supported a number of candidates in this election. Other Sosnowski contributors include contractor Patrick Deiulis ($250); neighborhood activist Mary Madore ($175); Dorothy Harrington of Beverly ($250), the wife of Mike Harrington of the Hawthorne Hotel; Peter Ingemi ($200) of Steve’s Market; and Darrow Lebovici and Meg Twohey of Federal Street, who gave a combined $600.

Famico, his opponent in Ward 2, had contributions of $500 from developer Bill Goldberg of Salem and from her father, animal control officer Don Famico; and $250 each from local activist David Pelletier and Joanie Famico.

School Committee donors

In the school board campaign, Brendan Walsh received $100 from former Superintendent Henry O’Donnell and former school administrator Bob Pesce. Former Superintendent Herb Levine also contributed. Attorney Edward Moriarty, who gave to a number of campaigns, donated $250 to Walsh, as did Marshall Strauss of Chestnut Street.

Rachel Hunt donors include the Committee to Elect Kim Driscoll ($100), Tim Clarke ($100), Salem Inn co-owner Dick Pabich ($100) and architect Mark Meche ($250), who helped Hunt launch the charter school.

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