---- — 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.
City Councilor John Michitson’s signs have the flavor of a presidential election. His rather distinguished signs are done up in red, white and blue, along with stars.
Honesty & common sense
METHUEN — “What is the most important quality in a candidate for local office?”
That is the poll question posted on the home page of the city website. In all, 120 votes have been cast since the question was first posted Aug. 20.
The results: Honesty (74 votes, 61.7 percent); Common sense (28 votes, 23.3 percent); Experience (12 votes, 10 percent); Educational background (4 votes, 3.3 percent); and Enthusiasm (2 votes, 1.7 percent).
Ryan-Ciardiello kicks things off
HAVERHILL - Maura Ryan-Ciardiello for Haverhill School Committee held her Campaign Kickoff Party Thursday, Oct. 3rd at Archie’s Little River Ale House. More than 100 of her supporters attended. It was a very positive crowd with real excitement. Thank you to everyone who came out to show their support for Maura. If you would like to join Maura’s Team or have any questions please email Maura52157@aol.com
Ferry: ‘Signs don’t vote’
METHUEN — Like falling leaves, campaign signs are a sure signal autumn is here.
The first day candidates were allowed to post campaign signs in Methuen was Sunday, Sept. 22. Like clockwork, a bumper crop of signs quickly popped up across the city.
One candidate is rolling out her signs gradually. Central District City Councilor Lisa Ferry said she is focused on door-to-door visits with voters, rather than posting as many signs as possible right out of the gate.
“Signs don’t vote,” said Ferry. “I think it’s better to talk to people and hear what they think.”
Ferry and fellow incumbent Jamie Atkinson are running alongside challenger Jack Cronin for two seats in the Central District.
Local elections spotlighted on MCTV
METHUEN - Who will be the next mayor? Who are the newcomers running for city council? Methuen Community Television is hosting forums this month for all contested races on Nov. 5.
On Thursday, Oct.17, MCTV presents the LIVE mayoral and councilor-at-Large forums at the Merrimack Valley Golf Course function room on Howe Street. The event opens to the public at 5:30 pm. The councilor-at-large candidates will answer questions from the moderator and members of the audience starting at 6 pm. The candidates for mayor will follow.
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, candidates for school committee will answer questions at the Timony School Auditorium, starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 pm.
If you are unable to make these events, tune into MCTV Comcast 22 and Verizon 33 or follow the llive stream on www.methuentv.org. Click on “Watch Live” above the program schedule.
Send your questions for the candidates at firstname.lastname@example.org or “like” MCTV on facebook.com/methuentv by October 14 and leave your questions there.