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May 10, 2013

Benton column: A good man for the job

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Treadwell’s Ice Cream in Peabody is fast becoming a mandatory stop for those seeking statewide office. Long a favorite of state Treasurer Steve Grossman, the local shop was on Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey’s itinerary as he made his way from the annual Democratic brunch in Gloucester to downtown Salem last Sunday.

It’s probably no coincidence that the place is owned by Peabody City Council President Tom Gould, who’s considered a rising political star on the North Shore.

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From here, it seems rather ludicrous for Markey and Bay State Democrats to expect neophyte Republican Gabriel Gomez to sign the so-called “People’s Pledge” that requires candidates to donate campaign funds equal to 50 percent of the amount spent by outside groups on ads attacking their opponent. Markey, who has represented the 5th District since 1976, has been at this game a lot longer than the Cohasset businessman, which gives him a significant advantage in terms of both visibility and the ability to raise money.

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Datebook: Joel Saslaw, a 1981 PVMHS graduate who is seeking the Ward 5 seat on the Peabody City Council, will kick off his campaign with an event on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Toscana’s Ristorante in West Peabody. ... William Legault, chosen by the Salem City Council to fill Sen. Joan Lovely’s seat on that body, is running for a full-two year term as councilor-at-large and will hold a campaign event on Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at 217 Essex St. (the former Naumkeag Trust building on the pedestrian mall).

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Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at nelson.benton3@gmail.com.

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