“I’m just thanking all my supporters,” said Kannan. “No decisions in the next few days.”
Several voters interviewed outside the polls yesterday said they were happy with Zanni.
“I felt like he’s done well by us for the last two years,” said Fran Magro of Jefferson Road. “I wanted to stick with the same.”
“I’ll be glad to see him come back,” said Currier Avenue resident Susan Earnshaw.
Several voters said they thought Zanni had more education and experience than Kannan, including Mike Colbert of Cornelie Road and Joe Rousseau of Kimball Circle.
“I think he’s done a pretty fair job and he’s got the business sense,” said Rousseau. “She’s run a business but not a business the size of Methuen.”
Others interviewed said Zanni’s leadership with the high school project was the top issue on their minds.
Central Street resident Jill Sparks said she credited Zanni with getting the high school project back on track after a budget snafu in late 2011. With a daughter in the seventh grade, Sparks said it’s important to her family that the project is completed on schedule.
“We’ve got to keep going in the right direction,” said Sparks. “It took somebody like Mayor Zanni to get it back on track.”
Others voters favored Kannan for her reputation as a hard worker.
Jane Abesamra of Jackson Street said she liked that Kannan has four family members who work for the city.
Kannan’s brother, Richard Aziz Jr., is a lieutenant with the Methuen Fire Department. Her son, Billy Kannan Jr., joined the police department as a full-time patrolman in 2012 after serving for several years as a reserve officer. Kannan’s daughter, Brittney Kannan, is a teacher’s aide at Marsh Grammar School. Kannan’s sister-in-law, Maria Becotte, works as a teacher at the Marsh. Her father is also a retired Methuen fire lieutenant.