At-Large Candidates

Keep scrolling down to see the League’s candidate guide!

You can vote for up to four candidates. The preliminary election on September 17 will determine which 8 candidates are on the ballot in November.

Click here to watch the SATV video of the forum.

See the photo gallery created by David Sokol, an award-winning photojournalist who works for our co-sponsor the Salem Gazette.

Read Salem News coverage of the at-large candidate forum co-sponsored with the Salem Gazette and the Latino Leadership Coalition.

The Rainbow Times did long-form video interviews of the candidates. View their videos here. According to the Rainbow Times, all candidates were invited to do interviews.

The Salem Patch also has many good posts about the candidates.


Jeff Cohen

Jeff doesn’t just talk about issues, he acts by not being afraid to take bold action when necessary and by building consensus by finding common ground.

Co-Chair of Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee, he wrote the original Sanctuary ordinance and was instrumental in the passage of the non-discrimination ordinance.


Domingo dominguez

Born in the Dominican Republic, Domingo Dominguez has called Salem home for the past twenty-five years. He is a proud husband and father to seven wonderful children. He has owned his current home on Raymond Road since 2000. He is able to communicate fluently in English and Spanish. Domingo currently serves as a City Councilor where he works collaboratively with his colleagues and community groups to bring transformative change to the City of Salem.


Melissa faulkner

I am humbled and blessed to be considered as your next Councilor-at-Large in a city with such history and diversity. I was born and raised in Salem and am blessed to be raising my five sons here. I am a renter and currently struggle to pay my bills. I am a survivor of domestic violence, have fought and won sole custody of my children, two of which have epilepsy. I also have a background as a paraprofessional and have been employed as a professional Driving School Instructor for the past four years, currently with Tanner City Driving School.


Gary “gigi” gill

We are still awaiting information from Gary “Gigi” Gill.


ty hapworth

My high school sweetheart, Micah and I are raising two young children in Salem. We both grew up in the same small town and attended the University of Maine.

Following the events of September 11, I joined the Army. After graduating from college and receiving my commission, I spent the next three years serving as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, where I received decorations that included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.


George mccabe

I was born and raised in Salem on North St. and attended St. John’s Prep in Danvers and Salem State (political science major). I have spent most of my adult life in government. At the age of 24, I was elected Ward Six Councilor where I served 2 terms and 4 terms as councilor-at-large (1985-1996 in total). After that I served for 14 years as an aide to former Congressmen John Tierney (1997-2011). I was appointed to the Salem Planning Board by Mayor Driscoll serving from 2011-2013.

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Alice merkl

My name is Alice Merkl, and I am a Salem resident, a homeowner, and a lifelong activist. I have lived in Massachusetts with my husband and daughter for over 20 years and made Salem my home in 2011.


Elaine milo

Elaine Berard Milo is long-time resident of Salem. She lives with her husband Frank, their daughter, Danielle and son-in law, Billy, and three Boston Terriers on Marlborough Road, in the home that her husband’s grandfather built in 1928.


Conrad prosniewski

Born, raised and educated in Salem, and after serving my community for nearly forty one years, I wish to continue my commitment to the people of Salem.

As a voice and leader with the Salem Police for many years I have not only been been exposed to the many issues and difficulties our city has faced, but also helped organize and strategize many successful initiatives and plans of actions.

arthur sargent

Education: Salem High School 1974, Salem State University 1981.
Professional: Presently employed by The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, as an Instrumentation Technician, since 2015. Formerly employed for 33 years at The Salem Harbor Station Power Plant, as a Computer Control Technician until it was closed in 2014.
Public Service: Councillor at Large 2000 to present.
Community Service: Salem K-9 Police Dog fundraising volunteer
Personal: Homeowner at 8 Maple Avenue, Married to Kathleen (DeFranco) Sargent. We have three adult children, Patrick and his wife Sarah Sargent, Amy and her husband Eric Sclafani, and Eric Sargent.


Belle Steadman

Maribel “Belle” Steadman has been a Salem resident for 30 years ever since she was hired by Salem Hospital in January 1989 as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist from the Philippines. She became a U.S. citizen on May 2001. She now lives with her husband, Mark, who is a Swampscott police officer, and son, Kerry, in the Willows Neighborhood.