, Salem, MA


April 11, 2013

Letter: A shameful turnout in Peabody election

To the editor:

I do not want to beat a dead horse, but I felt inclined to write about this issue.

The election in Peabody was truly a disappointment. The disappointment did not come from the victory or the loss of a candidate, but from the role many citizens of Peabody did not play as voters.

The number of voters that turned out baffled me. More than 26,000 votes were cast in Peabody for the 2012 elections, with Obama and Brown winning for the presidency and the Senate, respectively. This shows, too, that Peabody is not a Democrat-led city. The margin was not great, and even though losing the race, Brown did win Peabody in that contested Senate election.

Whether it’s Obama, Romney, Warren, or Brown, these people are not easily accessible to us. We cannot call up Warren or Obama to help us with an issue. They are not directly worried about the citizens of Peabody, but more than 26,000 people voted then.

On April 2, the unofficial numbers constituted 5,338 votes for the special election. This is where I find shame.

I am sure Leah Cole, Beverley Ann Griffin Dunne or David Gravel would be open to hearing a citizen’s issues regarding the city. Perhaps even over coffee. It is their job.

However, it seems that many citizens of Peabody either do not know or do not care about the importance of a state representative. These reasons are not justified. Peabody citizens have let down the candidates that have made helping Peabody a priority.

The political “upset” is not about who won or lost, but about the lack of major support behind the three candidates from the city’s residents.

Alvaro Witt Duarte


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