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Election Connection

November 14, 2007

Beverly, MA election coverage


Ward 6 council candidates make their case

Former School Committee President Judith Cronin trounced political newcomer James Amatucci in September's preliminary election, but Amatucci believes the final count on Nov. 6 will be a close one.

"She did a really good job turning out her core base," Amatucci said. "I think I'll be able to get more people out in the general election, and I think I'll close the gap."

Ward 3 opponent slams Burke on letter, censure

Like most local races, the contest for Ward 3 city councilor centers around such mundane issues as who can get the roads paved and the sidewalks repaired.

But this year, there's one topic that elevates the battle between incumbent John Burke and challenger Steven Crowley beyond the realm of routine politics.

In July, the City Council voted 8-0 to censure Burke and strip him of his committee assignments for writing an anonymous letter accusing the Police Department of wrongdoing.

Stay-at-home dad, political activist face off for Ward 2 seat

Sean Devlin hopes his years of walking downtown and getting to know people in Ward 2 will give him an advantage over Wesley Slate, who's been active in local, state and national campaigns since the late 1960s.

"I've been involved in politics for a long time, but I've always been the man behind the scenes," Slate said. Most recently, he was the Beverly coordinator for Gov. Deval Patrick's campaign.

Challenger for council seat: Too much development

A political newcomer hopes to unseat a 10-year incumbent in the Ward 5 City Council race, saying he wants to keep development in check.

"The council has been too pro-development, as if it's a cure-all for all our financial problems," Duane Anderson said. "I like Beverly, and it's a small city. I don't want it to be a big city."

Incumbent Councilor Don Martin stressed development in the appropriate places and said he tries to run the city the way he runs his own finances.

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