The basics of City of Salem elections explained, this post introduces the candidates for each contested seat. A follow-up post (IIA – Ward 2 Candidates) considers the highly contested Ward 2 seat separately. The next post (III – The Temperament) will try to explain why there are so many candidates running for what are normally disregarded positions, and the last post before the special Primary Election on Sept 12 will present the endorsements of this blog (IV – The Endorsements), coming after exhaustive research to prepare the first three blog posts.
Ward Council Seats
The wards and precincts of Salem generally follow traditional neighborhood boundaries, but with many exceptions. The Gallows Hill / Witchcraft Heights / Blubber Hollow neighborhood fall mostly in Ward 4, with Gallows Hill more in Precinct 1 and Witchcraft Heights more in Precinct 2. A good chunk of Blubber Hollow falls into in Ward 6 Precinct 2, while a substantial corner of Gallows Hill, including the large Salem Heights apartment complex, falls into Ward 3 Precinct 1. So these three Ward Councilor contests fall into the purview of this blog.
The Ward 4 seat is open as the current Ward 4 councilor David Eppley is resigning the position to run for one of the four At-Large Councilor positions. The Ward 4 candidates are Timothy Flynn, of 42 Sable Road in Witchcraft Heights and a Salem firefighter since 1993, and Robert A. McCarthy, of 68 Valley St. also in Witchcraft Heights, and about whom this blog can find nothing more, not even a campaign web site or Facebook page, except for an uncanny resemblance in name to current Ward 1 Councilor. Robert K. McCarthy. Both surnames reflect the Irish heritage of the Gallows Hills neighborhood.
The Ward 3 seat is contested between incumbent Stephen P. Lovely, a resident of the Castle Hill neighborhood falling into Precinct 2 and challenger Lisa Peterson, a Broad Street resident falling into Precinct 1.
The Ward 6 seat is contested between incumbent Beth Gerard of 49 Larchmont Road in the North Salem neighborhood falling into Precinct 1 which incorporates a sliver of Blubber Hollow, and challenger Nadine Nastasi-Hanscom, of Bay View Circle in North Salem and also in Precinct 1.
At-Large Council Seats
For convenience, given that there are an astounding nine candidates, this list will be divided into A) four incumbents and B) five challengers. All four incumbents are running for another term of office.
Elaine Milo of Marlborough Road on the Peabody line in Ward 4 and current City Council President.
Arthur C. Sargent III of 8 Maple Avenue in the Vinnin Square portion of Ward 7.
Jerry L. Ryan of 11 Locust Street in North Salem in Ward 6 and former Ward 4 councilor.
Thomas H. Furey of 36 Dunlap St in the Mack Park neighborhood of Ward 6.
Note: though At-Large councilors represent the entire city and not a particular ward their ward locations were included for purposes of providing complete information.
Jeff Cohen, of 12 Hancock St in the South Salem neighborhood, Ward 5 Precinct 1, and current chair of the No Place for Hate Committee.
David Eppley, of 69 Boston St in the Gallows Hill neighborhood, Ward 4 Precinct 1, and current but resigning Ward 4 councilor.
Domingo Dominguez of 18 Raymond Ave in the Salem State area of South Salem, Ward 7 Precinct 1, and the only candidate to have ever resided in The Point neighborhood.
Elizabeth Bradt, of 22 Larchmont Road in North Salem, Ward 6 Precinct 2, veterinarian and founder of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Blubber Hollow.
Brendan Peltier of 122 Bay View Ave in the Willows neighborhood of Ward 1 Precinct 1.
Note: address information on challengers was initially sketchy but has now been filled in.
Phew, so many names, and this does not even include the four candidates for Ward 2 Councilor. And oh, a preponderance of candidates (three) from the Ward 6 North Salem neighborhood.
Last note: councillor versus councilor. Both are correct spellings, and City of Salem uses the double-l spelling, though preferred American usage is the single-l version. This blog will use the single-l version, if for no other reason than that spell check keeps changing double-l to single-l, and spell check gets angry when overruled.