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Tierney endorses O’Neill to represent Ward 6

While she did not receive enough votes in the Sept. 12 primary to advance to the November general election, Margaret Tierney has no hard feelings. She has now pledged to stand behind Mark O’Neill, who she said is “the next best candidate” for Ward 6 City Councillor. “I commend him and his wife on running an honest, respectable, fair, highly successful campaign and I wish Mark the best in November,” she said.

However, Tierney said she has urged her supporters to “keep an eye” on O’Neill and his opponent Michael Geomelos and to choose the right candidate for Ward 6 going into November. “This means, in my opinion, one who can think successfully on his own, is approachable and has the understanding and ability to stand for good choices for his constituents and the citizens of Peabody, regardless of popularity,” she said.

In the months leading up to the primary, Tierney said, she knew there would be substantial obstacles. “As a single female running a grassroots campaign, I realized I was running as the underdog,” she said. “Both my opponents have wives working in the schools, which gives them PTO [parent teacher organization] support and children giving them the support from the youth activities in Peabody.”

Although Tierney came up shy in vote count, she still wished to recognize the efforts of City Clerk Timothy Spanos and Assistant City Clerk Colleen Kolodziej as well as Natalie Maga, Russell Donovan and Richard Jarvis of Peabody Access Television.

In addition to backing O’Neill’s campaign, Tierney said she is excited to continue her work on the library’s Board of Trustees. “I look forward to returning to my responsibilities and commitment as a library trustee and assisting with our upcoming Annual Gala in October,” she said.

By Christopher Roberson

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