NEWBURYPORT — The declaration of three candidates for the mayor’s office — and the mayor’s likely intention to seek re-election — is providing an early launch to the political season, and now numerous City Council incumbents are also announcing their plans to seek another term.
Additionally, two more residents recently took out papers to run for the council in November: Christopher Welch and Joanne McCarthy. Welch, who served as Ward 2 councilor from 1986 to 1994, will run from Ward 2. His address is listed as 33 Federal St.
McCarthy, of 158 Crow Lane, will run as an at-large candidate, according to officials in the city clerk’s office.
Brian Derrivan, who is completing this third term representing Ward 5, has announced he will not run again due to employment commitments.
But because of early maneuvering, it appears that there will be at least two new councilors after the November election.
Councilors Greg Earls and Dick Sullivan Jr. have stated they are running for mayor. If they follow through and are on the ballot, they will be giving up their seats on the council.
Welch said the likely departure of Earls as the sitting councilor from Ward 2 was a factor in his decision to take out papers.
“When I served in the past, I had a young family and a relatively new law practice,” added Welch, a local lawyer. “Now I have more time to invest, and I think I can be useful in dealing with civic issues.”
McCarthy could not be reached for comment.
In informal polling, the following say they are running for City Council again: at-large Councilors Barry Connell and Ed Cameron, and ward Councilors Allison Heartquist, Ward 1, Bob Cronin, Ward 3, and Tom O’Brien, Ward 6.
Councilors who say they are still undecided are Ward 4 Councilor Tom Jones and at-large Councilor Steve Hutcheson. Councilor Ari Herzog did not respond to a message from The Daily News.