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November 1, 2013

Gould tops in fundraising for Peabody City Council

Bettencourt raises $35,000 in uncontested race


At-large incumbents

Incumbent Councilor-at-large Anne Manning-Martin raised about $5,800 over the past year to add to the $6,700 that she started the year with. She is an experienced campaigner, having served on the School Committee and run two unsuccessful campaigns for state representative. Her largest contributors included lawyer Kim Gale and restaurateur David Modica of Marblehead, both giving $500, and Jaclyn Corriveau at $431. Manning-Martin is also carrying a liability of more than $5,000, money that she loaned to her campaign between 2002 and 2004.

Sitting at-large councilor and former School Committee member Dave Gravel raised $6,700, with about $4,200 unspent to date. The biggest contribution at slightly more than $2,000 is in loans Gravel made to his campaign. Likewise, he is carrying nearly $28,000 in liabilities, loans to an unsuccessful campaign in last winter’s special election for state representative.

Incumbent at-large councilor and former school board member Mike Garabedian reports collecting $4,875 as of Oct. 20. Contributions include $500 from Gennaro Angiulo of G and J Towing in Lynn, $25 from state Rep. Leah Cole and $50 from state Sen. Joan Lovely.

At-large challengers

Tom Walsh, a former councilor,state representative and school board member, amassed $9,674, with roughly $2,502 still unspent. Contributors included Peabody lawyers Jack Keilty, Athan Vonzelides, David Ankeles, Leonard Bonfanti (brother of the former mayor) and former state Rep. John Slattery’s campaign committee. He also scored hundreds in donations from colleagues at the Conway, Cahill, Brodeur Funeral Home where he works.

Challenger Scott Frasca has raised $5,330 and still retained $342 as of Oct. 18. He lists liabilities in excess of $4,000. Donors named Frasca dominate his list, with Nancy Frasca of Peabody and Michael and Patricia of Danvers giving $200. Also contributing $50 was Jacqueline Torigian, wife of the late mayor.

Candidate for at-large councilor Peter Bakula raised $835 as of Oct. 12, with all but $8 spent. The majority of his funds came from family members.

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