With campaign season picking up in Beverly, a member of the city's Solid Waste Management Committee has announced his candidacy for Ward 2 Councillor.
Lance Daly, 35, is running to fill the seat of current Ward 2 Councillor Wes Slate, who is giving up his spot on the board to run for mayor.
"Beverly is the place I choose to call home," Daly said in a recent announcement. "As a downtown resident I am excited by the improvements I have seen in Ward 2 and at the prospects to come. I want to be your voice and an active participant in deciding Beverly’s future."
Daly is currently a health outreach worker at Commonwealth Community Care in Boston and a member of the board of directors at River House Homeless Shelter in Beverly.
Paul Guanci, president of the city council, said Daly expressed an interest in getting involved in the city. Guanci recommended that he write a letter to the mayor and get on board with a committee.
"I think it's nice you have an open seat and you have a couple of good candidates running," Guanci said. "It should be a very good race in Ward 2…it's going to be a very interesting election season this year."
Also joining Daly in the Ward 2 race is Estelle M. Rand, 36, who filed papers earlier this month.
The stay-at-home mom runs the Beverly Farmers' Market, and sits on the board of directors of the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets, the Harbor Light Nursery School, and is also a member of the Solid Waste Management Committee.
This is Rand's first time running for a position in local government.
"I'm excited," Rand said. "Lance and I participate in a lot of the same things, so either one of us would be a huge asset to the city council and we're both passionate about Ward 2. For me, i have the challenge of never running a campaign before, but i also have the huge advantage of having my name well-known in the city. I don't know what to expect, but we both have strengths and I plan to just run my own campaign and not worry too much about his campaign."
Daly kicks off his campaign with an event on Thursday June 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mingo Gallery and Custom Framing on Cabot Street.
The Beverly election is scheduled for next November.