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As Tuesday’s mayoral election draws closer, words have heated up between candidates Mike Cahill and Wes Slate, who are seeking to succeed nine-term Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon.
In recent weeks, Slate has accused Cahill – a former state representative and Beverly City Council president – of not having enough management experience or drive to be mayor.
“He doesn’t have a strong work ethic, like paying attention to the details, sitting through meetings, doing the homework, being prepared,” said Slate, 63, a telecommunications manager and three-term city councilor who has been endorsed by Scanlon.
Cahill, 51, brushed off Slate’s comments in a recent interview and said his experience (10 years as a state rep, and two years as city council president) has prepared him to run the City of Beverly, which has a $106 million budget.