Leone, who works as a construction consultant and project manager, served two terms as an East District councilor from 2006 to 2009 before losing a re-election bid. He could not be reached for comment.
Leone drew political attention in January when he posted a “Leone (for) Mayor” campaign sign on his personal Facebook account. Later that month, Leone told The Eagle-Tribune he was “50-50” on a mayoral run and also interested in running for the Methuen Housing Authority board or East District City Council — though only if incumbents Tom Ciulla and Ron Marsan did not seek reelection. Ciulla and Marsan are among seven incumbent councilors to pull nomination papers.
Kannan has served as a councilor at large since 2008 and will be term-limited off the council at the end of 2013. The realtor and mother of three children declared her candidacy for mayor at a March fundraiser.
In an interview Friday, Kannan said public safety and business development will be two major issues of her campaign. Kannan said she intends to lead Methuen by relying on her professionalism and proven ability to get things done.
“I believe that in the mayor’s office I can continue to bring that, work well with people and make sure Methuen is moving forward in a positive direction,” said Kannan.
A local businessman, DiNuccio has never held elected office despite being a candidate for City Council in the 1990s, his two more recent mayoral bids and an unsuccessful run for state representative in 2010.
But DiNuccio noted his absence on this year’s ballot does not mean his time in Methuen politics is over.
“I just don’t think that the citizens of Methuen are ready for my style of leadership,” said DiNuccio. “It’s more of a business approach than a political approach. ... I’m not done. It’s time to sit this one out.”