PEABODY — Tom Gould appeared to top the City Council slate for the fifth straight election Tuesday.
With all precincts reporting, Gould held a large lead in the at-large race with 5,873 votes, more than 1,000 more than the next highest vote-getter, incumbent Thomas Rossignoll. Results were unofficial as of press time.
Voters also decided races in Wards 1, 2, 4 and 6 and for Municipal Light Commission. Mayor Ted Bettencourt was unopposed in a bid for a fifth term.
In the at-large councilor race, the top five vote-getters were incumbents Gould, Thomas Rossignoll (4,681), Anne Manning-Martin (4,606), Ryan Melville (4,401) and Jon Turco (4,190). Turco is the current Ward 1 city councilor; he gave up his ward seat to run at-large.
“I’m just thrilled with the confidence people have in me for another two years. It’s just quite and honor,” said Gould, 63, the owner of Treadwell’s Ice Cream. “You just try to do good things for people every day.”
Retired Peabody police Captain John DeRosa Jr. (3,605) and School Committee member and attorney Jarrod Hochman, 49, (3,057) were unsuccessful in their bids to get onto the council.
Turco, a 47-year-old airfield maintenance foreman at Logan Airport, decided to run after Councilor at-large Dave Gravel announced his retirement from the City Council in June.
Manning-Martin, a 53-year-old deputy superintendent for the state Department of Correction, will return for a seventh term.
Melville, 34, is a military veteran and director of licensing for the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. This will be his second term.
Also returning for a second term is Rossignoll, 49, a physical therapist and former School Committee member.
In the race for Ward 1, which encompasses South Peabody, Craig Welton, 38, the chief development officer for Northeast Arc, took the open seat, besting Russell Donovan, a retiree from General Electric, 1,284-392. The issue of a cell tower proposal at a Lynn Street limousine business was a center of controversy over the past year.
In the race for Ward 2, which includes much of downtown Peabody, Jacyln Corriveau, 28, who works for Salem Five Mortgage, was unable to unseat incumbent Peter McGinn, 56, a director of global business operation for Avnet Inc. who was seeking his fourth term. McGinn got 643 votes to Corriveau’s 291.
In the race for Ward 4, which spans across the central part of the city, political newcomer and medical researcher John Salisbury-Rowswell, 59, failed in his challenge to beat two-term incumbent Edward Charest, 55, a pastry chef, mostly on the issue of the redevelopment of the vacant former J.B. Thomas Hospital on King Street. Charest gained 1,055 votes to Salisbury-Rowswell’s 477 votes.
In the race for Ward 6 in West Peabody, Mark O’Neill, 52, an assistant vice president for the transportation department for an insurance company faced a challenge for a second term from Keith Doucette, 49, an account executive for an electronic security company who created the Moving Peabody Forward Community Group on Facebook. O’Neill beat Doucette 1,107 to 519.
In the race for Municipal Light Commission, incumbent Charles Bonfanti beat back a concerted challenge from Raymond Melvin. Bonfanti gained 4,828 votes to Melvin’s 2,308 votes.
Bettencourt was first elected as mayor in 2011. He is on his way to becoming one of Peabody’s longest-serving chief executives, joining the likes of former Mayor Michael Bonfanti (2002-2011) and former Mayor Philip O’Donnell, (1952-1961) who each served 10 years. He would have a ways to go to beat the city’s longest serving mayor, Peter Torigian, who served 23 years.
Ward 3 Councilor James Moutsoulas and Ward 5 Councilor Joel Saslaw were both elected without challenges.
Library Trustees Stephanie Najjar and Donald McAllister, and newcomers Peter Bakula and Stephanie Dallaire won six-year terms in uncontested races. Morgan Yeo won an uncontested two-year term.
Incumbent School Committee members Joseph Amico, Brandi Carpenter and John Olimpio each won another term, with Olimipio gaining 5,149 votes, Amico getting 5,208 votes and Carpenter getting 5,002 votes.
The results are unofficial as of press time.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @TannerSalemNews.