Kris Silverstein, a Briscoe and North Beverly parent, PTO member, and co-founder of the Beverly chapter of Stand for Children, has taken out papers to to run for the Ward 3 School Committee slot. Silverstein was active in last Spring's budget and override debate that ended in the closing of McKeown school, and she occasionally contributed to this site during that time.
You can read her press release on the Salem News' Heard in Beverly blog.
The Ward 3 seat became open following Jim Latter's decision to run for the City Council seat being vacated by John Burke, who is challenging Mayor Scanlon.
So far, the only contested seat is in Ward 4, where Gail Burke, who led Citizens for Financial Responsibility (CFR-the group that opposed last Spring's override, and tried to derail the high school construction this past fall), will challenge Karen Fogarty, who is in her first term as Ward 4 rep.
On the City Council side, outspoken school supporter Pat Grimes (who was the only Council member to publicly support the override), and Mike Cahill, (who, as a private citizen spoke out at several of last Spring budget hearings), along with current rep Bill Coughlin, former Council President Paul Guinci, and Eliot Margolis, (the other leader of CFR), are running for the three Councilor at Large seats. The top vote-getter automatically becomes Council President.
CFR is also running candidates in several of the Ward contests.
Today's Salem News has a rundown on all the races