, Salem, MA


May 3, 2013

Benton: Is Gomez Brown redux?


And there will be least one other fresh face in this race in the person of longtime Republican Party activist Scott Frasca, who lists public safety, the municipal budget and improving the city’s economy among his priorities.


As state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, champions the idea of banning plastic bags in grocery stores and the Salem City Council mulls new limits on the use of leaf blowers, the questions that voters ought to ask themselves is what will government want to ban next.

Taxes and smoking restrictions have turned tobacco into something very close to a banned substance. And now it appears that Gov. Deval Patrick wants to do the same with candy and soft drinks.


Voters in Danvers go to the polls Tuesday. Incumbents Dan Bennett and Keith Lucy face a tough challenge from retired judge and former Town Moderator David Mills in the race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.

And if Lucy ends up the odd man out, there’s no guarantee that he would be chosen to fill the seat recently vacated by Mike Powers. As Selectman Gardner Trask noted recently, while some might favor naming either Lucy or Bennett to Powers’ seat should they lose next week, the fact will be “the electorate voted that person out of office.”


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

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