Dates finally set for Peabody State Rep special election

3 Jan

By Bob Croce, Eye on Peabody

stateThe entire process will be over in just 13 weeks as the dates have been set for the special election to fill the Peabody State Rep seat left vacant with the passing of Joyce Spilliotis.

The Mass. Secretary of State’s office reports that the primary election in the 12th Essex District will take place on March 5, followed by the final election on April 2.

And there is not much time to get into the race, since nomination papers, with no less than 150 certified signatures, must be submitted to the Peabody City Clerk’s office by no later than 5 p.m. on Jan.22.

So far, the only declared Democratic candidates known to the Eye are School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne, and former Ward 3 Councilor Jim Moutsoulas. If both Dunne and Moutsoulas return their papers, it would necessitate a Democratic Primary.

Councilor At-Large David Gravel, who has official organized a committee through the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) , will need to run as an independent. To run as either a Democrat or Republican, you would have had to been an enrolled member one of those parties as of Oct. 31, 2012.  Gravel is currently listed as “unenrolled,” and all he or any other independent candidate would need to get on the final ballot is at least 150 certified signatures.

You must also live in Peabody Wards 1-4, or Ward 5 (Precincts 1 and 3 only)

Other candidates who have been speculated about on the Democratic side include Peabody attorney John Slattery, who held the 12th Essex seat before Spilliotis.  Slattery recently made an unsuccessful bid to beat  Salem’s Joan Lovely in a special election to replace retiring State Senator Fred Berry.

Ward 5 resident Gregory Bunn, has entered the race on the Republican side, registering a committee with OCPF on Dec. 24th.  Kosma Evangelidis told the Boston Globe earlier that he was running, meaning there would be a primary on the Republican side if both he and Bunn entered the fray.

There has been speculation that Peabody Councilor At-Large Anne Manning-Martin might jump into the race as an independent, but so far she has not told the Eye whether she is in or out.

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38 Responses to “Dates finally set for Peabody State Rep special election”

  1. Anonymous January 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Mannings not getting in. She does not want to be a 3 time looser. Dunne will beat Gravel and we will be done with Dave for good I hope.

    • Anonymous January 4, 2013 at 1:13 am #

      Manning is fearless, which is what scares some people. She certainly isn’t afraid of losing a campaign bid, that’s silly. She had lost three times in elections before she ever ran for her current at large seat so your rationale is flawed on its face and probably posed by someone without the courage to put their name out there to be judged and ridiculed as you enjoyed doing to both Manning and Gravel, but tellingly not to Dunne. And you can see how her previous election bids, whether she won or not, has only made her more popular and perhaps to your chagrin, stronger. The previous poll done on this blog had her the winner among all mentioned so far…again, indicating her strength that you seem so eager to dismiss. If she runs, she wins. Whether she chooses to do so, from what I’ve seen over the years, surely won’t be based on fear.

      • Bob Croce January 5, 2013 at 11:24 am #

        I definitely agree anon about Anne not being afraid to put herself out there. But at this point, I’m also going to be critical of her when it comes to not being able to make up her mind. Nomination papers are due back in two weeks. IMO, at this point, she needs to either say she is in or she is out. Saw this morning in the Salem News that she is still undecided. Time’s pretty much up, don’t you think?

  2. the Outfront Guy* January 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    OG says….if Manning is not in the mix then the Dunne /Gravel contest could be most interesting…and OG is not quite ready to predict the winner of that one

  3. Anonymous January 5, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    By the way once again the Salem Snooze is taking info from YOUR blog Bob. They had this story today. Alan Burke is horrible. Two days to late Alan

  4. Bob Croce January 5, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Come on OG, we’re all waiting for your prediction. What’s the hold up?

  5. the Outfront Guy* January 5, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    OG says…hold on to your Bat Signal Batman….let’s see what horses are officially entered into this race first !

  6. Anony January 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    Bob, I think Manning HAS made up her mind, and she doesn’t have to tell you or anyone else. Two weeks? Please. She could probably pull the papers and have them back with signatures in one day. However, Editor, you and I will have to wait to find out. She is one that definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. The fact that she isn’t making any announcements either way right now, has nothing to do with indecisiveness, IMO, she always seems to be certain and pragmatic. You and I both want to know her plans. I want to know because I want to vote for her. I’m not sure your intentions, though, as you seemingly have cast some judgement on her for what, I’m not sure because, again, indecisive is not how I would describe Manning.

  7. Bob Croce January 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    I disagree. You need to come out and start locking people up now. No disrepsect intended here, but Anne is waiting too long. By the way, I am currently not working for any candidate in this race. In fact, it’s not even my House district, so I’m not sure it matters who I support, since I can’t even vote in this special eleciton.

    Look, either you’re in or you are out at this point. There is NO advantage to keeping it a secret. Both Dave Gravel and Beverley Dunne have done the right thing by getting in early and declaring. Sorry, but even if Anne does get in now, it’s my opinion that she is already behind both of those candidates, and would need to catch up.

    • To Tell the Truth January 5, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      Bob you are being to kind and to much of a gentleman when it comes to Ann Manning. She is not a strong candidate and never has been when it comes to running city wide. You did not lose by that much to her last time at large. Ask youself this, how is it that she was the only woman in he last at large election yet she only finished fifth? Women make up half the voting population and each person had 5 votes but Manning still only slipped in there with the last spot. I thought women always gave women a vote when they had more than one. The problem here is that to know Ann or her sister is to hate them. Very unlikeable people. Her sister is also a looser. She could not even beat Joan Lovely in Peabody. Both Gravel and Bevely would kill Ann in a state rep race. Joyce killed Ann. It wasn’t even close at all.

      • Anonymous January 5, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

        I have met Ann Manning and she has a personality like a potato. Very phony and a cold fish. She cannot win this seat and knows it. Bob wise up! She is using and stringing you along. She is not running because she knows she will get embarrassed again. Keep holding on to that last at large seat Ann. It is as far as you are going in politics. Your sister might as well hang it up as well.

  8. Anony January 6, 2013 at 4:56 am #

    Not sure if either of you remember the poll from a few weeks ago??? She was clearly ahead by a landslide… It’s too bad the only criticism you can make involves comparing Manning to a root vegetable… Speaks volumes about your class. Grow up “looser”.

    • The Insider January 6, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Lets be clear about most “polls” here, and no disrespect to THE EYE, but they are not a good measuring stick by any means as the sample size is limited and can be easily manipulated if someone really wants to. I agree with many others that Anne is done like a burnt piece of toast and will NOT run this time and if she does she is at the back of the bus as Bob has explained.

  9. Anonymous January 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Insider it right. Manning is s weak candidate. She would get killed by Dunn and Gravel.

    • ralph smith January 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      So, all of you ballsy anonymous bloggers have to offer is comparing Manning-Martin to “a root vegetable” and a breakfast side. this tells me that y’all must be afraid of the only woman on the council and ironically the only person that had the balls to support your boyfriend Bettencourt’s opponent. This is clearly a blog to puff up Teddy.

  10. Anonymous January 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Ralphie boy. Your boyfriend Annie needs to man up and let us know she is running or is she a scared.

  11. Bob Croce January 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Warning to the last two commentators. You are getting very close to crossing my line. Let’s try to stick to fair commentary. instead of name calling, OK? I hate having to delete or censor comments.

  12. Truth is on my side January 6, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Okay Bob then how about this? Manning is a horrible city councillor in every way. She only speaks up when grandstanding to try and make her self look good. Like the recent tax increase. She spoke up like she was against it and how it was going to hurt some people but then she voted for it as usual. She does what ever is good for her . That is the way both Manning sisters operate and people know it. This is why so many people hate them. If you delete what I wrote you are being unfair and I will never read your blog again.

    • Anony January 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

      Hey Truth, think you need to check your monicker. Quick fact-check on the statements you’ve made are false. 1. You claimed Croce came close to Manning in the last election when in reality she beat him by nearly 1500 votes, far from close. 2. You said that Manning voted for the tax increase, false she voted against it. 3. So “Truth”, the rest of your spew is not “Truth”, it is your opinion and should not be attributed to the rest of the citizens in Peabody, nor presented as “Truth” or fact. All this information is available online, and can be found easily. If you have “truth” in your monicker check your facts before you post.

      • Anonymous January 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

        Anony she finished FIFTH yet was the ONLY woman in the race. That is embarrassing when you consider that when women have five votes and there is only one woman in the race it is rare that the do not vote for that one woman. Manning would have topped the ticket if she was not so disliked. She is a weak city wide candidate. You just can not face reality. Also winning by 1500 means she won by less than 300 votes per ward against a pretty much unknown candiate. Not exactly a ringing victory and didn’t Bob clobber her in West Peabody?

      • Bob Croce January 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

        To maybe end this debate where my name is concerned. here’s how the candidates finished in the last at-large race. The numbers are what they are:

        1. Gould 9012
        2. Garabedian 7601
        3. Gravel 7,528
        4. Liacos 7123
        5. Manning-Martin 7.084
        6. Croce 5,604
        7. Donovan 4,227

        I did beat Anne in West Peabody (Wards 5 and 6 combined) by about 400 votes. But it wasn’t close elsehwhere.

    • Anony January 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Grandstander? You want to talk about a grandstander? Lets talk about Barry Sinowitz, Ward Six Councilor. Did you catch the clip about him going on and on about medicinal marijuana? He raged for it, all the while acting like he had just smoked it, and then voted against it.

  13. Bob Croce January 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Truth: your comments here are well within my rules, so relax with your threats to leave. I’ll say it again: it’s perfectly fine to give your opinion on someone’s performance as an elected official, or their viability as a candidate. I just ask that you stay away from flat out name calling and personal attacks. I know it’s a judgment call on my part, but that’s too bad. It’s my blog so I’m the law.

  14. the Outfront Guy* January 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    OG says…let me ask you this question Bright City…I am seeing some strong anti Manning comments on here but how many times have you re-elected Ms Manning to either School Committee or City Council positions? OG finds it amusing how things work out here in Bright City….we grumble about some incumbents yet we keep bringing them back for encores…help me understand WHY this happens will ya?

  15. ralph smith January 6, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Hey OG, the reason people vote for incumbents like Manning-Martin is because voters think they’re doing a good job. Most of these voters dont read this stupid blog like you and me. so to the stupid blog readers, including me, whether Manning-Martin is a “cold fish”, “a root vegetable” or a breakfast side, the only real burnt toast around here is Croce since Manning-Martin did beat him by1500 votes.

    • Bob Croce January 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Why are you taking this out on me, Ralph? By the way, not all incumbents get re-elected because of the job they are doing. There are thousands of voters who don’t know anything about any of the issues, or how their elected reps vote on things. In the case of the at-large race, any insider will tell you that it is definitely mostly about name recognition and not much else. But that’s also the nature of the beast, which I accept.

      I know the rules here, and maybe that’s why I too stood each morning like a fool with a campaign sign waving at cars on some chilly street corner. What does waving at cars have to do with anyone’s qualifications to be a city councilor? Yup, nothing at all, but everyone does it, which only goes to prove my point that it’s more about name recognition than it is anything else.

      None of this, by the way makes Ms. Manning-Martin or any other councilor bad public servants. But no one is buying that their performance is mainly the reason they keep getting re-elected. It’s a huge popularity contest in which everyone gets 5 votes, and if you’re not willing to accept that as a candidate, then you might as well not put yourself out there.

    • ralph smith January 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      Sounds like y’all are lashing out bc of unreqited love for Anne Manning-Martin. Can’t say i blame ya…

  16. Anonymous January 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Every time I have had the dis-pleasure to be in same room with Annie Manning I found her to be one of the most unfriendly people ever. Her sister is even nastier when it comes to her sour personality and Ann will never be anything other than a 5th place councilor while her big sis will thank god never win another election. They are not has beens they are never was-ers.

    • ralph smith January 6, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Displeasure to be in the same room as Anne Manning-Martin? Sounds like u have never even been in the same room with her, obviously. ive known her since grade school and i guess were talking about two different people…

  17. Thomas Paine January 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Silly question, but why are there 5 candidates who have actually expressed their intention to run, but so far, 80% of the comments on this blog are devoted to commenting on Anne Manning, who by the way, has not expressed her intention to run, rather than focusing on the people who are running. The other “speculative” candidate, John Slattery, is also completely ignored in the comments. Seems that the blog would be more concerned with those that are actually interested in running. What is up with this blog being obsessed with Manning rather than those who are actually pursuing this seat? Seems like the commentators are not concerned with the who takes the seat. Rather they are the cheap shot vocal few that appear on all of the regular sites. I hope they grow up when it comes time to vote and choose to exercise their vote in the interest of the district rather than their irrelevant pettiness that is shown in these comments.

  18. Mindy Strauss January 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I just moved to Peabody from Beverly a few months ago and although I have heard the names mentioned here in passing, I can not speak to the character of any of them. It seems that Ann manning is a particularly hot topic here… But I don’t see how it is constructive to compare our public servants to food stuffs… Disappointing to see his type of discourse surrounding a topic of such gravity.

  19. the Outfront Guy* January 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    right you are Mindy ! valid point…these types of immature comments have been hailed in my direction in the past and you just have to put it all in perspective…some of us can use our ‘anonymous’ status in a respectful way and others choose to hide behind and launch grenades…do not paint us all with the broad brush…give it some time…and welcome to Bright City!

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