The political season begins in earnest this week as residents of several cities outside Boston cast their ballots Tuesday in preliminary elections.
Seven candidates are competing to replace Newton Mayor Setti Warren, who is stepping down at the end of his term to pursue a run for governor. Three of them — Scott F. Lennon, Amy Mah Sangiolo, and Ruthanne Fuller — are city councilors. They are running against residents Eli Katzoff, Geoffrey Woodward, Al Cecchinelli, and Richard Saunders. The two with the most votes Tuesday will face off in the general election on Nov. 7.
There’s no race for mayor in Quincy this fall, but plenty of competition for City Council. Seven candidates are vying for three councilor-at-large seats. One will be knocked off in Tuesday’s preliminary election, and the rest will move on to the general election.
In Salem, nine candidates are running for four councilor-at-large seats, but only eight will survive after Tuesday’s vote. Mayor Kimberley Driscoll faces a single challenger, former city councilor Paul Prevey, as she seeks reelection in November.
Boston’s preliminary municipal election takes place on Sept. 26.
Should Wellesley restaurants be able to offer more seats at the bar? Selectmen are holding a public hearing Monday on a proposal to remove the town’s cap of 10 bar seats per establishment. Apparently, more people are eating alone these days and restaurants are being designed differently in response. Under the proposal, bar seats would still be limited to 10 percent of all interior seats within an establishment. The hearing starts at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.
Enough lounging on the beach. OARS, the watershed protection and preservation organization, will hold its 31st annual river cleanup on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will walk along the banks or wade into the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers and tributaries and collect trash, tires, bottles, car parts, bicycles, and more for disposal. This year’s cleanup focuses on Westborough, Northborough, Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury, Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, Acton, Concord, and Billerica. For more information, go to www.oars3rivers.org.Leslie Anderson can be reached at email@example.com.