Mayor Ted Bettencourt

Mayor Ted Bettencourt

[Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a correction in the race for library trustee. A potential fifth candidate, Anthony Furnari, did not return papers to secure a spot on the ballot and therefore there are only four people running for four seats.]

PEABODY — There won't be a race for mayor after all in the Tanner City this fall.

Mayor Ted Bettencourt will be unopposed as he runs for a fifth two-year term, as his potential challenger has bowed out.

Newbury Street resident Jacqueline Conway withdrew her name from consideration by the Sept. 23 deadline, meaning her name will not appear on the ballot. Conway had successfully filed nomination papers with enough signatures to get on the ballot by the July 30 deadline.

"After speaking with you yesterday," Conway wrote to City Clerk Tim Spanos on Sept. 12, "I am writing to you to officially withdraw my nomination for the office of mayor."

"I decided against it," Conway told a reporter, declining further comment.

Bettencourt, 46, is an attorney by profession, a father of four, and a former at-large city councilor who was first elected in 2011 after former Mayor Michael Bonfanti, who served for 10 years as mayor, declined not to run again.

There are a number of other races on the ballot, however, and there's still time to register to be able to vote in the Nov. 5 election for any residents who have not yet done so.

The deadline to register or change your voting address for the city election is Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the City Clerk's office in City Hall, 24 Lowell St. The office will be open until 8 p.m.

Contested races in the upcoming election are:

*A seven-way contest for five two-year at-large councilor seats among incumbents Ryan Melville, Thomas Rossignoll, Thomas Gould, Anne Manning-Martin, and challengers Jarrod Hochman, a member of the Peabody School Committee; Jon Turco, the City Council President and Ward 1 councilor; and retired Peabody police Capt. John DeRosa Jr.

*A race for an open seat in Ward 1 between Craig Welton and Russell Donovan, as Turco seeks an at-large seat on the council.

*A race in Ward 2 between incumbent Peter McGinn and Jaclyn Corriveau.

*A race in Ward 4 between incumbent Edward Charest and John Salisbury-Rowswell.

*A race in Ward 6 between incumbent Mark O'Neill and Keith Doucette.

*A race between incumbent Municipal Light Commissioner Charles Bonfanti and challenger Raymond Melvin for a six-year term on the light commission.

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