PEABODY — City Council President Jon Turco proved to be the most prodigious fundraiser of all the candidates running in Tuesday's citywide election, raising nearly $18,400 in a bid to go from Ward 1 councilor to at-large, according to campaign finance reports in the City Clerk's office.
The election features a seven-way race for five at-large city councilor seats. Councilor-at-large David Gravel did not seek a seventh term.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., says City Clerk Tim Spanos. He expects a turnout of more than 21% with contested races for at-large councilor, councilors in Wards 1, 2, 4 and 6, and municipal light commissioner on the ballot.
Turco, an airfield maintenance foreman at Logan Airport, raised nearly $18,400 and spent nearly $10,700, from Jan. 1 to Oct. 28, the deadline for candidates to report finances to the City Clerk's office. He still has a little over $8,000 on hand. Turco raised nearly $14,300 during his first campaign in 2015.
In fundraising, incumbent Councilor-at-Large City Anne Manning-Martin, who is seeking a seventh term, raised $4,470, adding to $5,720 she already had in her campaign account. Manning-Martin spent nearly $3,200, and she had nearly $7,000 on hand this period. Her campaign tallied nearly $26,000 in loans from prior campaigns, including an unsuccessful run as the Republican nominee for Essex County Sheriff in 2016.
Incumbent Councilor-at-large Tom Gould raised $875, which added to the nearly $31,400 he already had. His campaign spent nearly $7,400, giving him an ending balance of almost $24,900. Gould said instead of fundraising, he held a rally at the Senior Center on Oct. 5, and the $10,000 raised went to Citizens Inn Haven from Hunger's food pantry and community meals program.
Retired Peabody police Capt. John DeRosa Jr. raised $8,555 in his first run at-large, and he spent nearly $3,000, leaving him with nearly $5,600. DeRosa loaned his campaign $2,500.
Incumbent Councilor-at-large Ryan Melville raised $7,270 and spent $2,150 in a bid for a second term, leaving him with more than $5,100 on hand. Two years ago, when he won his first term, he raised more than $13,300. He has loaned his campaigns $1,420.
Incumbent Councilor-at-large Tom Rossignoll raised more than $7,000 in his bid for a second term. He spent just under $3,200, leaving his campaign with nearly $4,600. In his first race for the council, he raised $11,600.
Incumbent School Committee member Jarrod Hochman is also seeking one of the five at-large seats, and his campaign raised $4,190 and spent $4,235. His campaign had $2,427 in liabilities due to a prior race for School Committee.
As for contested ward races, in Ward 1, political newcomer Craig Welton raised nearly $2,700 and had $1,600 in loans for spending on his campaign. Challenger Russell Donovan, who has run for citywide office in the past, did not raise any money, preferring to rely on signs from his past campaigns.
In Ward 2, incumbent Councilor Peter McGinn raised $6,100 and spent nearly $3,900, and he had nearly $2,400 in his campaign coffers. McGinn has loaned his campaign $5,500 over the past year. His challenger, Jaclyn Corriveau, raised $620, and her reports show loans of $1,025 for spending on her campaign.
In Ward 4, challenger John Salisbury-Rowswell loaned his campaign $861 for signs and cards, while incumbent Councilor Ed Charest raised $2,650 in a bid for a third term. He had almost $2,500 on hand. Charest spent $296, while he also had $1,200 in liabilities from his past campaign.
In Ward 6, incumbent Mark O'Neill raised $2,560 in his bid for a second term, while challenger Keith Doucette raised $975. O'Neill came into the race with $935 on hand.
In the race for municipal light commissioner, Raymond Melvin loaned his campaign $3,220 for his mailings and signs, while incumbent Charles Bonfanti did not raise any money toward his re-election.
Turco, who opted not to run for a third term as Ward 1 councilor, said if one were to look at the names of those who gave, the vast amount came from South Peabody. He credits a July fundraiser at the Stonewood Tavern for helping boost the campaign's fortunes.
In the race for mayor, a challenger, Jackie Conway, withdrew from the race, but Mayor Ted Bettencourt still raised $16,240 in his bid for a fifth two-year term. Bettencourt spent nearly $8,800, and his campaign had nearly $72,800 on hand, according to a report filed with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign Finance.