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The race to succeed late State Representative Joyce Spilliotis is unofficially underway, with at least three potential candidates already making calls to line up support.
EOP has learned that School Committee member Beverley Dunne, who was a close friend and supporter of Representative Spilliotis will run for the seat in a yet-to-be-announced special election.
Others who have been calling around town seeking out early support include current Councilors At-Large Tom Gould and David Gravel. Dunne and Gould would run as Democrats, meaning there will be a primary sometime after the first of the year, likely in March. Contrary to what we reported earlier tonight, EOP is now not able to confirm if Gravel would also run as a Democratic. A Facebook friend source told me tonight that he heard Gravel would run as an independent.
EOP has also learned that former Rep John Slattery, who recently lost in his bid to replace retiring Senator Fred Berry, is unlikely to run for the state rep seat, which was held by Spilliotis for 10 years until her death a week ago. The district includes Peabody Wards 1-4 and part of Ward 5.
Dunn is a very popular member of the school committee, who would have been up for re-election this fall. Gould in 2011 topped the ticket during the Councilor At-Large race in his first run for public office, and Gravel has served on both the school committee and city council.
As for pure speculation, I wouldn’t be surprised if Councilor At-Large Anne Manning, who lost twice in state rep races against Spilliotis, might also be considering another run.
So far, there seem to be no candidates on the Republican side, but if we were to simply speculate, it wouldn’t be outrageous to wonder if former Governor’s Councilor Mary Ellen Manning might be
interested. Mary Ellen Manning recently finished third to Joan Lovely and Slattery in the Democratic primary for Berry’s seat, and right after that loss left the Democratic Party by changing her voting status to “unenrolled.” Of course, if her sister Ann Manning is in on the Democratic side, it’s highly unlikely that Mary Ellen will run.
Then again, is it also possible that Anne Manning might run as a Republican, since she was a supporter of Republican Richard Tisei in his unsuccessful recent run against Democrat Congressman JohnTierney.
Speculating even further, another Republican with a track record for winning citywide is School Committee member and attorney Jarrod Hochman. But a source told me tonight that Hochman said today he would not run.
Definitely more to come on this story …