City inaugural tonight; Dunne, Gravel pull papers for state rep

7 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Just a few updates and random notes today …

We’ll have coverage tomorrow of Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt’s mid-term state of the city speech after we attend tonight’s annual inaugural ceremony, 7 p.m., in Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall. If you can’t attend live, the ceremonies will be broadcast on PAT Channel 9.

Councilor At-Large Tom Gould tonight will be also be elected City Council President. The tradition is that the councilor with the least years of service, who has not yet been council president, wins unanimous approval when the entire council votes for who will hold this position in 2013.

The evening will also include Bettencourt’s first mid-term address.

Dunne and Gravel pull papers for state rep

In other news, School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne and Councilor At-Large Dave Gravel have pulled nomination papers to run in the special election to replace Joyce Spilliotis for Peabody’s 12th District House seat. Each must get 150 certified signatures by Jan. 22 at 5 p.m.

To like Dunne’s campaign page on Facebook, click here.

To like Gravel’s campaign page on Facebook, click here.

Dunne will run as a Democrat and might face a primary on March 5, while Gravel, once he gets his certified signatures, will be on the ballot as an independent for the final election on April 2. Gravel has also announced that his official campaign kickoff fundraiser will take place  on Jan. 25th, 7-10 p.m. at the Peabody, Division 11 AOH.

6 Responses to “City inaugural tonight; Dunne, Gravel pull papers for state rep”

  1. the Outfront Guy* January 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    OG says…ok so we have two hats in the ring it appears…who else ?

  2. Anonymous January 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Bev vs Gravel. That is your match up. Unless Slattery jumps in, no one else can beat either one of them.

  3. the Outfront Guy* January 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

    OG says…I am not feeling the Slattery love right now….the Dunne vs Gravel showdown should be quite interesting I think…OG would like to hear each of their reasons for running for this office…that intrigues me just a bit…Dunne has been an ardent school advocate and watchdog and Gravel has a pretty long resume of community involvement…most interesting…

    • anonymous January 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      And yet Slattery ‘topped’ the ballot in Peabody in the Senate primary and did fine in the original polling in the “Eye”

  4. the Outfront Guy* January 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    OG says…don’t bet the house on the Eye polling results…and do not overestimate Slattery’s willingness to get into another horse race on the heels of his loss to Lovely…

    • anonymous January 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

      All I can say is he is the only one who can say he was a State Representative from Peabody and he did win Peabody even as another strong candidate from Peabody ran against him. Personally, I hope he decides to get in to the race.

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