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Merrimack Valley

October 6, 2013

Campaign Notebook

Money matters

METHUEN — Typically, candidates running for municipal office file their first campaign finance reports before the September preliminary election.

But because there was no preliminary in Methuen this year, candidates won’t file disclosure reports on campaign fundraising and spending until Oct. 28 — just eight days before the Nov. 5 general election.

In 2011, pre-election reports showed that Stephen Zanni raised $37,425 and spent $29,576 on his way to the mayor’s office. His opponent, Al DiNuccio, raised just $10,279 and spent $12,267.

Top spenders in the races for City Council two years ago included Jennifer Kannan ($8,406) and Sean Fountain ($6,051).

Puerto Rican Action Coalition to host candidate forum

LAWRENCE - The Puerto Rican Action Coalition (PR-PAC) is hosting a forum for Councilor-At-Large candidates on Thursday Oct. 23. beginning at 6 p.m. at The Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.

All six candidates have been invited to participate. “The purpose of the forum is to give the candidates an opportunity to address a wide range of issues that affect community sustainability and quality of life in the city,” the group said in announcing the event.

Signs of the times

HAVERHILL - Campaign signs come in various sizes, shapes and colors. In Haverhill, some signs really stand out, including those of Ken Quimby Jr., who is looking to regain a seat on the City Council he formerly held for one term. His signs include images of two blue electric lighting bolts. Maybe Quimby is looking to electrify his campaign by shocking voters to give him a nod?

City Council incumbent Michael McGonagle’s signs are anything but routine. They are round, and the bottom of his signs have an orange swirl with what looks like text that can barely be seen by drivers passing by.

School Committee candidate Maura Ryan-Ciardiello has some of the biggest signs around. She has several posted along Route 110 near Winnekenni Park and they are so big you can’t miss them. She chose a soothing blue and white color theme.

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