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May 6, 2013

Letter: On Peabody's upset election

To the editor:

The state representative election in “Old Tannertown” (my former hometown of Peabody) to replace the late Joyce Spiliotis produced the biggest upset in the history of Peabody politics, electing the young, 24-year-old Republican Leah Cole to replace Spiliotis. Cole defeated two longtime Peabody politicians, Peabody School Committee member Beverley Ann Griffin Dunne and City Councilor Dave Gravel.

Cole’s tremendous upset victory was done with a campaign manager and the backing of Swampscott’s Charlie Baker, who ran against Gov. Deval Patrick in the last gubernatorial election.

Miss Cole has done something the late Republican and longtime City Councilor-at-large Frank Wiggin couldn’t do, and I consider Wiggin the best city councilor the city of Peabody ever had. Wiggin helped more people while being a Peabody city councilor-at-large and as an employee of the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Boston.

Wally Birmingham

Salem

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