As if this year’s City Council elections couldn’t get more complicated, just announced is a new candidate for Ward 4 City Councilor as a write-in candidate. Ana Campos is a resident of Orleans Ave in Witchcraft Heights (Ward 4 Precinct 2), and proprietor of the yarn shop Circle of Stitches, a part of the growing line of creative arts shops along Pickering Wharf. Ana is a Brazilian immigrant and recent naturalized US citizen, and as such reflects recent immigrant Christine Madore, a candidate for Ward 2 Councilor. Two recent immigrants running for City Council seat in a city built by immigrants – how apt.
Announcing as a write-in candidate means that Ana Campos evades the primary elections on Sept 12 and proceeds directly to the Final election on Nov 7. A shrewd step on her part? Or just an accident? Here is the statement from Salem 1st Community Information Initiative on the matter:
Ward 4 will not have a primary election at all on September 12 for ward councilor. They will have a primary for at-large councilor. Should Ms. Campos get more write-in votes than either Flynn or McCarthy in November, she would win the seat.
As a public service, here is reproduced the part of an earlier post about Ward 4 candidates.
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.