Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Here's the latest on the state representative race shaping up to succeed Joyce Spiliotis in representing Peabody on Beacon Hill.
Tom Gould says he's out. While acknowledging he had given it serious thought, Gould now confirms he will not seek late state Rep. Joyce Spiliotis' seat in a special election this spring. The Eye on Peabody blog first reported the news over the weekend. "I gave it some serious consideration and decided it was not in the best interest of my family to run," Gould said on Monday. He added that it would also put a strain on his efforts to run his business, Treadwell's Ice Cream, through the spring. "A couple of years from now, who knows?" he said. Gould said he was "very flattered," however, to have received some early pledges of support if he did run. Is he planning to keep his seat on the City Council? "Absolutely," Gould said, noting he …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Year-end state filing shows Bettencourt had nearly twice campaign war chest of his opponent in mayor's race.
Mid-year campaign finance reports this past fall clearly showed now-Mayor Ted Bettencourt had amassed a far larger war chest than that of his opponent, Plaistow, N.H. Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald, in the race to become Peabody's next CEO. Year-end reports filed with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance earlier this month now show Bettencourt, in fact, had nearly twice the funds at his disposal than Fitzgerald did for their respective campaigns. Bettencourt raked in a total of $84,462 since Jan. 1, on top of $14,951 he had from previous campaigns for City Council. Fitzgerald, on the other hand, brought in a grand total of $56,418.55 and had a starting balance of zero. On the expense side, the same was true -- Bettencourt spent…
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Candidate's wife says she is proud of her husband.
An hour after the polls closed last night, Sean Fitzgerald conceded the race to succeed his old boss, Mayor Michael Bonfanti. City councilor Ted Bettencourt won the election and will be Peabody's next mayor. Bettencourt won all but one precinct, amassing 8,703 votes to Fitzgerald's 4,980. Sean Fitzgerald praised his large family and supporters Tuesday night at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall on Lowell Street as the vote totals rolled in showing that his first run for mayor was not successful. Promising to help Bettencourt where he can, Fitzgerald urged his supporters to keep working to make Peabody a better city. “You don't have to be mayor to do wonderful things, to help Peabody. It just makes it a lot easier,” he said. Upbeat and …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here are the official election results by each voting precinct.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Here's another look at how Tuesday's election turned out -- the official results precinct by precinct.
The new mayor of Peabody is Ted Bettencourt.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sean Fitzgerald conceded to Mayor-Elect Ted Bettencourt. Fitzgerald praised his large family and supporters Tuesday night as the vote totals rolled in showing that his first run for mayor had not been successful. Promising to help his opponent where he can, Fitzgerald urged his supporters to keep working to make Peabody a better city. “You don't have to be mayor to do wonderful things, to help Peabody. It just makes it a lot easier,” he said. Bettencourt told reporters, "I am honored and humbled to be the next mayor....When the numbers started coming in, I was so excited." Upbeat and passionate as he hugged his family and supporters, Fitzgerald said he was disappointed in losing the race, but he said he will “…
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Sean Fitzgerald has asked mayoral contender Ted Bettencourt to join him in supporting Mayor Michael Bonfanti on several recent appointments to city posts, which the City Council then tried to limit the terms on.
Earlier this week, Sean Fitzgerald asked fellow mayoral contender Ted Bettencourt to join him in pledging support to outgoing Mayor Michael Bonfanti regarding a recent clash between Bonfanti and the City Council on mayoral appointments. The council attempted to limit the terms of several reappointments to city jobs and boards so that they would expire Feb. 1. Bonfanti responded by vetoing the action, on the grounds that it exceeded the council’s authority under the city charter. “It is my firm belief that the City Council is not permitted to alter term length as a function of the confirmation process. The City Council can either accept or reject these appointments. I urge you to support due process as outlined in the city charter that …
Monday, April 11, 2011
Candidate tells supporters Friday night his experience as a town manager in Plaistow, N.H., make him very qualified to lead city.
Sean Fitzgerald used his campaign kick-off party Friday night to stress his experience as a town manager in New Hampshire make him the best qualified candidate to be Peabody's next mayor. With his wife Jenni and their two-year-old son, Myles, looking on, Fitzgerald told several supporters and friends at the Ancient Order of Hiberians hall on Lowell Street he is ready to lead Peabody to a brighter future. “I am truly excited to discuss with you my vision and my plans for Peabody, a Peabody that gets better and brighter with every day, a Peabody that can continue to inspire the best in each of us, as students, as residents, and as citizens.” Fitzgerald said he has served as town manager in Plaistow, N.H., since 2008 has given him real …