More Parish Candidates Emerge in Salem Election | Local News
SALEM – City council races are filling up in Salem.
New candidates appeared in wards 3, 4 and 7 in this year’s municipal elections. Now only two races remain unchallenged – Ward 1, with incumbent Robert McCarthy; and Ward 6, with incumbent Meg Riccardi – with less than two months to withdraw and return applications for the position.
Candidates have until Friday, July 23 at 5 p.m. to collect their papers and present themselves. They are due back on Tuesday, July 27 at 5 p.m. with at least 25 certified signatures for neighborhood races and 100 for citywide races. Election officials suggest candidates get 20% more signatures than necessary if certification fails.
In Ward 3, incumbent Patti Morsillo is faced with a challenge from David Freni, a resident of Lemon Drive. In Ward 4, Heritage Drive resident Stephanie Rodriguez joins new candidates Leveille “Lev” McClain and Graysen Martinez Ocasio.
South Salem Ward 7 also has an interesting run in training, with Francis Riggieri – half of the duo who ran Fran and Diane’s Kitchen on Lafayette Street until their space was lost to redevelopment in 2016 – challenging the owner. from Maitland Mountain Farm, Andrew Varela.
None of the three new candidates were immediately available for comment on Friday.
On the school committee, there are now two candidates for three seats.
Incumbent Amanda Campbell was joined by challenger Zachary Hall, a resident of Broad Street. Hall said he was running for paying more attention to inclusive learning and racial equity in schools. He also strives to strengthen the theatrical programming of the district, having himself a theatrical training.
“It really helps kids on all sides of the spectrum, improving scores,” Hall said. “We have great teachers, administrators, and I want to help them teach these kids the best that we can.”
In addition to the Campbell seat, incumbents Manny Cruz and Ana Nuncio are re-elected but did not withdraw papers on Friday. The other elected members of the board – James Fleming, Mary Manning and Kristin Pangallo – were elected for a four-year term in 2019 and will not be re-elected until 2023.
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The following candidates withdrew applications or announced campaigns as early as Friday morning. The holders are in bold.
MAYOR: Kevin Darcy, Steve Dibble (current Ward 7 Councilor), Kim Driscoll, Gilbert Eaton, Stacia Kraft, George O’Brine, Francis Perley III, Harrison Schell
GRAND CITY COUNCILOR: Domingo Dominguez, Melissa Faulkner, Ty Hapworth, Juana Hernandez, Alice Merkl, Frederic Norton, Conrad Prosniewski
Ward 1: Robert McCarthy
Ward 2: Gilbert Eaton, Caroline Watson-Felt, James Zavaglia
Ward 3: David Freni, Patricia Morsillo
Ward 4: Leveille McClain, Graysen Martinez Ocasio, Stephanie Rodriguez
Ward 5: Jeff Cohen, Stephen Kapantais, Jerald Tache
Ward 6: Megan Riccardi
Ward 7: Francis Riggieri, Andrew Varela
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Amanda Campbell, Zachary Hall
HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE
Nomination documents are available at the city clerk’s office. They can be picked up until 5 p.m. on Friday July 23 and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Tuesday July 27.
Residents looking to run for a seat on city council must return presentation documents with 25 voters’ signatures. For city-wide seats such as general councilor, school committee, and mayor, a candidate must collect at least 100 signatures.
City Clerk Ilene Simons suggests applicants collect 20% more signatures if certification fails.
The city’s municipal elections are set for Tuesday, November 2. If necessary, a preliminary election will take place on Tuesday, September 14.
Forms are available at the Clerk’s Elections Office on the first floor of City Hall, 93 Washington St.