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November 5, 2013

Newcomers Jajuga, Grayton joining Methuen City Council

Voters also re-elect six incumbents to City Council

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“To serve the people of Methuen — that’s my main goal,” said Campagnone. “I’m just happy I can serve the people. I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

In the West District, Kazanjian was the top vote-getter with 1,764 votes. Fountain, the incumbent council chairman, earned 1,577 votes. Also running was former councilor, School Committeeman and mayoral candidate Kenneth Willette, who received 1,283 votes.

Kazanjian is a former School Committee member and a current member of the Building Committee overseeing the $98 million high school renovation project. Kazanjian said revisiting the mayor’s failed push for Information Technology privatization will likely be the council’s first issue next year.

“Right off the bat I think it’s going to be the IT privatization,” said Kazanjian. “That’s going to come up, I think, right after we get in. That will be the beginning to start to save money.”

Fountain said one of the top tasks for the council is to improve communication with the mayor’s office. It was a central issue in the council and mayoral race, and Fountain was optimistic communication will improve.

“I think the mayor will be willing to work with the council, and we all need to work together for the common goals of the city,” Fountain said.

In the East District, Marsan earned 1,852 votes and Ciulla 1,589 votes. Also running was former School Committeeman Thomas Firth, who received 1,206 votes.

In the Central District, Ferry earned 1,434 votes and Atkinson 1,238 votes. Long-time Methuen politician Jack Cronin received 934 votes.

Ferry, who credited her victory to door-to-door campaigning, said her top issue will be combating a spike in heroin sales in the Central District.

“It’s absolutely public safety and putting a stop to all the drug dealing, in tandem with finding programs to help people fighting addiction,” said Ferry.

Atkinson praised Ferry and Cronin for a good race.

“I think the result speaks for itself,” said Atkinson. “I’m an independent person and a common sense councilor.”

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