It's election season in Peabody and the city is getting ready for a municipal primary in Ward 3, slated for Tuesday Sept. 17.
Peabody has three candidates vying for the spot this year after current Ward 3 Councilor Rico Mello announced his retirement in June after serving for 10 years.
Ward 3 hopefuls include William A. Toomey, Thomas K. Serino, and James Moutsoulas.
The two candidates with the most votes in the primary will be placed on the city's November election ballot, which includes several incumbents and newcomers vying for spots on the City Council.
Councilor at large incumbents Anne Manning-Martin, David Gravel, Michael Garabedian and Thomas Gould will be competing with newcomers Margaret Tierney, Scott Frasca, Thomas Walsh, Peter Bakula and Russell Donovan to fill the five seats on the board.
Ward 2 Councilor Arthur Athas faces opposition for the first time in eight years and will go head-to-head with newcomer Peter McGinn.
In Ward 5, Robert Croce Jr. and Joel Saslaw are competing in a contested race to replace retiree David Gamache.
Ward 1 Councilor Barry Osbourne, Ward 4 Councilor Robert Driscoll and Ward 6 Councilor Barry Sinewitz head into the election unopposed and will remain on the board.
Mayor Edward Bettencourt is wrapping up his first term and also running unopposed in the upcoming election.
The general election is scheduled for Tuesday Nov. 5.