This post is the first in a series on Springfield mayoral candidates ahead of the September 8 preliminary.
SPRINGFIELD—Salvatore Circosta and the man he seeks to replace as mayor, Domenic Sarno, have a lot in common. Both are Italian, the same generation of each’s family emigrated here, both attend mass at Mt. Carmel and both have roots in the Forest Park neighborhood. Despite this, their families have had little interaction over the years.
Ultimately, distance between their families’ hometowns in Italy may be destiny. Circosta’s family hails from Martone, in Calabria (the boot), while Sarno’s comes from Bracigliano, miles to the north near Naples.