It is a long and varied background, and it belies criticisms of the Cahill’s work ethic by his detractors.
“Some people look at the surface of things and just go along with it,” said Carol Cleven, a former Republican state representative who served on two committees with Cahill. “He delved into things a lot more than some people do. He had a wonderful personality. He was able to bring people to compromises. He just plugged away and made sure they were done.”
That is precisely the approach needed to continue to make progress — with a new middle school, a bustling downtown and a transformed waterfront all within reach over the next few years, that is precisely the approach the city needs.
In other races:
Current City Council President Paul Guanci has displayed a firm but fair hand at the helm of that body and deserves re-election to one of the three at-large spots, as does first-term incumbent Jason Silva. Among the other three vying for the seat being vacated by Scott Dullea, we would recommend fellow attorney and former teacher Todd Murphy, whose support for the Brimbal Avenue project would help keep the city on a path toward reasonable and balanced growth.
Given the council’s performance over the past two years, we see no reason to replace incumbents Jim Latter (Ward 3), Scott Houseman (Ward 4) or Brett Schetzsle (Ward 6).
But voters in Ward 1 and 2 have a tough choice in choosing a replacement for Maureen Troubetaris and Slate, respectively.
The former has long been a champion for her beloved Ryal Side neighborhood; her calming presence will be missed on the council. We feel longtime resident David Lang, an acknowledged expert in environmental issues who has served the city well as a member of the Conservation Commission and Wenham Lake Advisory Committee, is the best choice to replace Troubetaris.