Mayor Scanlon beat off his toughest challenge in years to beat City Council President Mike Cahill by just over 350 votes tonight.
The final tally was Scanlon 5468, Cahill 5115. The margin of victory of 52% to 48% was nearly identical to the results of the poll we conducted over the past two weeks, indicating that the school community's views were very much in line with the city as a whole.
In the other closely watched race for Ward 4 School Committee, Matt Kavanagh, who was heavily favored by school activists, soundly defeated Michael Gendre 1140 to 698.
And the City Council will have a dramatic new look this year, with several promising newcomers. The new council looks like this:
Council President: Paul Guanci
At Large: Jason Silva and Scott Dullea [both new members]
Ward 1: Maureen Troubetaris
Ward 2: Wes Slate
Ward 3: Jim Latter
Ward 4: Scott Houseman [new member]
Ward 5: Don Martin
Ward 6: Brett Schetzsle [new member]
The Beverly Citizen has the full numbers and details here.
Congratulations to Mayor Scanlon on his victory, and to Mike Cahill and his campaign manager Julie DeSilva, a great friend of this website, for running a positive and inspiring challenge.
11/9 UPDATE: Today's Salem News has more election coverage on the Mayor's race and City Council races and the Citizen has a full report.
This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.