Pappalardo said Kannan has consistently voted to increase property taxes while on the City Council.
“I will not be endorsing her,” said Pappalardo. “I feel as though she’s not qualified. She hasn’t ever stepped up to the plate for the taxpayers of this community.”
Kannan fired back, claiming Pappalardo’s budget votes in prior years jeopardized public safety and other services. When William Manzi was mayor, Kannan said Pappalardo was more interested in obstructing his administration than solving the city’s problems.
“If it was up to Jeanne Pappalardo, Methuen would be in the sewer,” said Kannan. “She’s never had a solution.”
Other councilors interviewed this week said they aren’t ready to make mayoral endorsements. Also on the Nov. 5 ballot will be races for City Council and School Committee. Candidates can obtain nomination papers from the city clerk’s office between May 29 and July 26.
Councilors had differing opinions when asked whether their endorsements have the potential to create rifts among council members.
“I think there’s potential for a rift,” said Councilor Lisa Ferry. “I hope not. I hope things remain professional and civil.”
“I don’t think so,” said Councilor Ron Marsan. “For the most part, most of our councilors are pretty mature. Why would you create a rift? I don’t see that happening. I know I’m mature enough.”