BEVERLY — It's shaping up to be a quiet election season in Beverly, but there should be some noise in at least one section of the city.
Five residents have taken out nomination papers for Ward 3 city councilor. If they all return their papers with the required 50 signatures, it will trigger a preliminary election to be held on Sept. 24.
Otherwise, with less than a month left for people to take out nomination papers, there's not a lot of competition. In fact, there's no competition so far for mayor or the councilor-at-large seats.
Mayor Mike Cahill does not yet have an opponent, while incumbents Paul Guanci, Tim Flaherty and Julie Flowers are the only candidates for the three at-large council seats.
The rush of candidates in Ward 3 came after the ward's current councilor, Jim Latter, decided not to seek re-election. The new candidates include current School Committee President Kris Silverstein; U.S. Army veteran and perennial candidate Euplio Marciano; and three people running for office for the first time — Stacy Ames, Michael Huber and Kirstin Shapiro.
Ames is the owner of Falmer Thermal Spray, a small manufacturing business in Salem. Huber is pastor of the Beverly Bridge Community Church, which he runs out of his home on Lyman Street. Shapiro is an opera singer and yoga instructor who moved to Beverly two years ago with her husband.
Latter said he is glad to see so much enthusiasm for the Ward 3 seat.
"I'm excited that there's that many people who take an interest in our neighborhood," he said. "So many times you see in local elections that there's isn't a lot of competition."
Outside of Ward 3, there are only two contested seats so far. In Ward 5, Kathleen Feldman, the operations manager at the Wenham Museum, is challenging longtime Councilor Don Martin. And for the School Committee in Ward 4, Jeffrey Silva, a chemist for the Adeptrix Corp. in Cummings Center, is running against incumbent John Mullady.
Besides Latter, the only other incumbent city councilor not seeking re-election is David Lang in Ward 1. Todd Rotondo, who runs Cafe Salerno on Cabot Street with his brother, Michael, and is president of the Ryal Side Civic Association, is the only candidate for the seat so far.
Potential candidates have until Aug. 2 to take out nomination papers. The general election will be held Nov. 5.
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates who have taken out nomination papers
At-large: Paul Guanci*, Tim Flaherty*, Julie Flowers*
Ward 1: Todd Rotondo
Ward 2: Estelle Rand*
Ward 3: Stacy Ames, Michael Huber, Euplio Marciano, Kirstin Shapiro, Kris Silverstein
Ward 4: Scott Houseman*
Ward 5: Kathleen Feldman, Don Martin*
Ward 6: John Frates*
Ward 1: Rachael Abell*
Ward 2: Kelley Ferretti*
Ward 3: Kimberley Coelho
Ward 4: John Mullady*, Jeffrey Silva
Ward 5: Kaarin Robinson
Ward 6: Lorinda Visnick*