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August 4, 2013

Condon to retire from Methuen politics

Work conflict keeps Chaisson from council race, hopes to be back in 2015 election


Chaisson said he and Willette share philosophies on keeping taxes low and protecting services for youth and the elderly. Chaisson said Fountain brings the same high-energy approach that he brought to the School Committee for six years.

“He has a great vision for Methuen and its future,” said Chaisson.

A 2001 Methuen High School graduate, Chaisson was elected to the School Committee in 2008 at age 24. He served three consecutive terms and will be forced to leave office at the end of 2013 due to term limits.

A former circulation department employee at The Salem News, a sister paper of The Eagle-Tribune, Chaisson now works as a signal engineer for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, which runs the commuter rail for the MBTA.

Chaisson said he was all set to return his nomination papers late last month. But that all changed when his bosses informed him that he’ll likely be switching to second or third shift at start of the new year.

“After they told me that, I thought it would be unfair if I ran and won a seat and had to step down,” said Chaisson. “It wasn’t a smart move politically and it wasn’t a smart move for the city.”

Chaisson said he will run again in 2015, though he is not sure for which local office.

For Condon, the end of 2013 will mark the end of a political career that began by serving on the Essex County Charter Commission, which was charged with reforming county government.

From there, Condon went on to serve as a West District city councilor, Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee member, and then a three-term councilor-at-large during the administration of former Mayor Sharron Pollard.

Condon then took a six-year hiatus during Mayor William Manzi’s tenure before being reelected to the council in 2011.

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