Salem News: Beverly City Council candidates make their pitch at forum

Five candidates — Hannah Bowen, William Cosmas, Julie Flowers, Richard Tabbut and Sweeney — are competing for the three at-large seats. Flowers is the only incumbent.

“This is a big transition point for the City Council,” Sweeney said.

Bowen described herself as a “policy and government nerd” who wants to put her experience in the Peace Corps and international development to use at the local level. She is executive director of the North Shore Community Mediation Center.

“My job is to help people talk to each other,” Bowen said. “That’s a very relevant skill.”