“Beverley shares my vision for Peabody and we agree on what has to be done to make that vision a reality,”
- Mayor Ted Bettencourt
For a guy who doesn’t like to take sides, and likes to seek consensus with everyone, Ted Bettencourt is making a bold move in an effort to not only control his political environment, but to do what he feels is best for Peabody.
Peabody’s Mayor is endorsing Beverley Dunne for State Rep in the 12th Essex District.
“Today I am enthusiastically endorsing Beverley Griffin Dunne for State Representative from the 12th Essex District,” Bettencourt said in a prepared statement. “Beverley will be a strong and effective State Representative and that’s what Peabody really needs fighting for our city on Beacon Hill.”
Seemingly, Dunne now has ALL the advantages in this race against Republican Leah Cole. Dunne is the more well-known candidate, has a huge edge in experience, and now she has the enthusiastic blessing of Peabody’s most-powerful politician.
This could also be an indication that Bettencourt learns from the past, and doesn’t want to repeat it.
“Beverley shares my vision for Peabody and we agree on what has to be done to make that vision a reality,” Bettencourt said.
One of the reasons for Cole’s fluke victory 18 months ago over Dunne and Councilor at-large Dave Gravel was that Bettencourt remained publicly neutral during that special election. When Cole slipped into office as a freshman member of the overwhelmingly minority party on Beacon Hill, it left Peabody with ineffective representation at the State House. It was a huge drop off from former legendary Rep Joyce Spilliotis.
When the results were in on that election night, I personally watched a visibility upset Bettencourt come to the AOH, and offer consolation to Dunne. You could tell at that point that he regretted not having endorsed the long-time Peabody School Committee member.
“We really need Beverley on our legislative team. Peabody competes with cities and towns from across the state for state funds that we need to help pay for our schools, senior services, public safety protection, and economic development,” Bettencourt said. “Beverley Griffin Dunne has the intelligence, experience and maturity to become a strong and positive part of Peabody’s (legislative) team.”
Congrats and thanks to the Mayor for doing what’s best for Peabody.
Can you say, “game, set, and match” when it comes to this race?