Gould says he’s definitely not running for State Rep

8 Dec

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Bob Croce, EOP Publsher 

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Tom Gould

Peabody City Councilor At-Large Tom Gould told me this afternoon that he has decided not to run in the special election to replace late State Representative Joyce Spilliotis. Gould said he made the decision this week after talking with his family, and after evaluating how running a campaign this spring might affect his focus when it comes to his Peabody business, Treadwell’s Ice Cream.

“I’m out. I’m definitely not in,” said Gould, who after topping the ticket at-large in his first run for office in 2011, was being a considered a very strong candidate to replace former Rep Spilliotis. “I’m flattered that so many people thought highly enough of me to ask me to run, but I have a lot of things on my plate right now, including running my business.”

Gould’s departure from the race leaves just Beverley Dunne as the only candidate right now on the Democratic side. Sources are telling us that Councilor At-Large Dave Gravel will seek the seat as an independent. If no other Democrat steps forward, both Dunne and Gravel would be on the final ballot. All independents need to do is get the required 150 signatures, while Dunne would face a primary challenge should another Democrat step forward.

So far, no candidates have shown interest in running as Republicans, although Councilor At-Large Anne Manning. who is registered as unenrolled, is said to be considering a run. Manning lost to Spilliotis twice in Democratic primaries, but there’s a chance she could enter the race either as an independent or a Republican.

No date has been chosen for the special election, and according to Peabody City Clerk Tim Spanos, those dates are up to the State Legislature to decide.

Spilliotis passed away less than two weeks ago after losing her battle to cancer, and after serving the people of Peabody as a library trustee, then councilor at-large, and then state rep since the early 1990s.

The Eye will continue follow developments here, so please be sure to check back regularly.

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8 Responses to “Gould says he’s definitely not running for State Rep”

  1. Anonymous December 8, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Too bad. Would have made a great candidate and rep.

  2. Salem Snooze paper boy December 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Great job getting the “scoop” here Bob.Did you notice that Benton put it on this Twitter. He wrote that a source told him. What he should say is he saw it on Bob Croce blog. Must really make Nelson crazy that he had to steal this news from your blog after the way we dumped on him for being a jerk about Joyce. Wonder if Nellie will win an award for his Twitter today.

    • Anonymous December 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      Should ask Roger. Hear he keeps track of all of Benton’s big awards. Must be a huge trophy case.

  3. Anonymous December 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Why am I buying the Salem News if I can get it free and up to date here? Time to cancel.

  4. Paper Boy December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Is Tom sure that he is sure here? Nelson Benton says today that it is just talk around the Square that Gould is out. Tom better check around the square to make sure he is not going to run. Nelson is usually THE authority on these things, so maybe he knows more about Tom’s plans than even Tom does..

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  3. Salem News keeps chasing on state rep special election story « Eye on Peabody - December 10, 2012

    [...] Burke today tells readers that Councilor At-Large Tom Gould is considering a run. Meanwhile, Tom told the Eye on Saturday that he is definitely out. Burke writes that School Committee member Beverley Dunne and Councilor [...]

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