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December 28, 2012

Benton: Changes afoot in the New Year


While she could pursue other opportunities in both the public and private sectors, Driscoll has announced that she will seek a third term as mayor in 2013. There’s been talk of a challenge by Sosnowski or another council dissenter, but the betting here is that rather than risk humiliation at the polls, all will be content to hang onto their seats on the council from whence they can throw their snowballs rather than provide true leadership.


Freshman Councilor-at-large Tom Gould would have been the clear favorite to replace the late state Rep. Joyce Spiliotis, D-Peabody, in the special election likely to be set for this spring, had he chosen to run. But Gould’s decision to stay put sets the stage for a contest that pits veteran Councilor-at-large David Gravel against veteran School Committeewoman Beverley Griffin-Dunne.

This race has the potential of reviving the dormant feud between members of the Torigian-Bonfanti coalition, many of whom can be expected to line up behind Gravel, and the anti-City Hall faction that long proclaimed Spiliotis their hero.


Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at

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