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Croce, Saslaw, Frasca, Walsh All Making Bids for City Council

And they're off!

Monday was the first day nomination papers were available for city races this fall and four candidates for City Council are already off and running.

Bob Croce, 51, who's running for the Ward 5 seat, arrived at the City Clerk's office at 8:05 a.m. intent on being the first to pull papers.

Local entrepreneur Scott Frasca and former councilor, school board member and state Rep. Tom Walsh both pulled papers for one of five At-Large seats on the council.

Frasca, 45 and the founder of Making a Difference in Peabody and a local entrepreneur, has formed a campaign committee and set up office on Lowell Street across from City Hall.

For the record, that office is not to be confused with his existing charity office at 29 Lowell St. (campaign headquarters is across the hall).

Walsh, 52, last held political office nearly 20 years ago. He first served as a School Committee member and city councilor before four terms at the State House from 1987-1995.

And back to Ward 5, Joel Saslaw has also pulled papers. Whoever wins come November, it will be the first time Dave Gamache hasn't occupied the seat in 24 years.

Gamache announced in January he would not seek another term and Croce publicly declared his candidacy shortly thereafter. Saslaw, 49, told Peabody Patch a short time later he would also run for the seat.

At this time, Croce, who finished 6th in the At-Large race in 2011 and once challenged Gamache, has revamped his campaign website and Facebook page. Saslaw has also launched a campaign Facebook page.

You can find Frasca's campaign website here and a Facebook page here.

Bob Croce March 13, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Thank you for your coverage in The Patch John! Just wanted to mention too that people can get more info on our campaign by visiting our "Elect Bob Croce, Ward 5 Councilor" Facebook Page at http://on.fb.me/10GcDPW. Or, they can view our website at http://www.Bob4Ward5.com. Good luck to all of the candidates!
John Castelluccio (Editor) March 13, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Thanks, Bob. And just to let our readers know, further coverage is coming as these races shape up, so stay tuned.
Joel Saslaw March 13, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I am excited about the upcoming campaign and I look forward to meeting all of the residents of Ward 5. Please continue to get updates about our campaign activities on our Facebook Page "Elect Joel Saslaw Ward 5 Councilor Peabody MA" at https://www.facebook.com/ElectJoelSaslawCouncilorWard5PeabodyMa Thank-you all for your support and encouragement, Joel
John Castelluccio (Editor) May 18, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Two comments have been removed for using obscene language, making personal attacks and otherwise containing libelous comments.
Joseph Maio May 18, 2013 at 04:15 PM
You joel saslaw Have something to say to me send it on Facebook. You run to my dad what are you a child? If you are not endorsed by Gamache who is pray tell?? I am willing to her you out or call you out. I never called you and asshole. So to go to my father and Lie to upset an old man this is you political tactic. I will be and after calming my father down he will also tell people about this. Here is my cell should you or your buddy gamache want to call me direct I know Gamache wont he is a Babe. I will also say this once and hear me dont ever upset my mother and father again they have been very sick! Joseph Maio
Bob Croce May 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Joe, I met a lot of the neighbors on Winona and Anderson today, including your mom and dad, who are very nice people. I'm not sure what happened in this comment string since it looks like some things were deleted. All I will say is that, if elected Ward 5 Councilor I will ALWAYS be on the side of the residents, first and foremost. What this developer has done to your parents and the people who live in that neighborhood is a disgrace

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