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Haverhill

May 17, 2013

Former city councilor eyeing run for mayor

Michael Young, other candidates take out papers

HAVERHILL — A former city councilor who gained a reputation for verbal jousts with Mayor James Fiorentini and scrutinizing the city’s finances might soon have a high-profile stage to battle Fiorentini again.

Michael Young, a teacher at Whittier Regional Technical Vocational High School who finished fourth in the 2009 election but failed to win re-election in 2011, has taken out nomination papers to run for mayor in the fall.

In his last year on the council, Young was the only councilor who voted against the mayor’s budget because he said he disagreed with the proposed tax hike. Young also said many of his questions about revenue and spending, especially in the water and sewer departments, were not answered to his satisfaction.

Young did not return a phone call seeking his comment for this story.

He served a single two-year term on the council before failing in his re-election bid.

Raul Diaz of 8 Blaisdell St., Apt. 2, has also taken out nominations papers for mayor. He has no history of running for office in Haverhill.

Fiorentini, who is nearing the end of his record fifth term as Haverhill’s mayor, said that in the next two to three weeks, he will make an announcement about whether he will run this year. In the past, he said he would like to be mayor as long as voters want him.

In addition to the job of mayor, all nine City Council seats and three of Haverhill’s six School Committee spots are up for election in the fall. The preliminary election, if one is needed, would be Sept. 17. The final election is Nov. 5.

Preliminary elections are held if there are more than double the number of candidates for available seats or positions. For instance, a preliminary will be held if there are 19 council candidates, seven School Committee candidates or three people vying for mayor.

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