Kenyan-American Esther Ngotho has joined the race for Beverly mayor.
Ngotho, a resident of Bridge Street in Salem, Massachusetts, took out nomination papers for mayor on Tuesday, making her a candidate in the race seeking to unseat incumbent Mayor Mike Cahill.
The 55-year-old native of Kenya holds a Ph.D. in public health, a Master of Arts in emergency and disaster management, a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and a Bachelor of Education in business administration.
Ngotho has served on the Beverly Human Rights Committee, the Beverly Democratic City Committee’s affirmative action, and outreach subcommittee, and on the boards of the Refugee Immigration Ministry and the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending. She also ran for City Council at-large in 2017.
Ngotho says she has 30 years of experience as an educator, nurse, and “voracious health and anti-poverty advocate.”
“I plan to use these assets to give the disenfranchised people in Beverly a tenacious advocate,” she said in a statement.
The other opponents of Mayor Cahill are Beverly police officer Dana Nicholson and businessman Marshall Sterman.
To get on the ballot, candidates are required to file nomination papers with the signatures of 100 residents by August 10th.
Residents seeking to run for office have until August 6th to take out nomination papers.
A preliminary election, if necessary, would be held on September 21st while the final election is slated for November 2nd.