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Merrimack Valley

June 19, 2013

Jajuga one of several City Council challengers


Birchall, of 8 McKinley Ave., works for Metro Credit Union and is a board member with the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council. Birchall said she also volunteers for a number of other community organizations.

“I want to bring it to the next level,” said Birchall. “I’m not really a spectator. I’m a hands-on person and I like to be involved. I know that the town of Methuen would benefit from a lot of the ideas I can bring to the table.”

Term limits will force both Councilor-at-large Jennifer Kannan and West District Councilor Jeanne Pappalardo off the City Council at the end of 2013. Kannan intends to challenge Mayor Stephen Zanni’s reelection bid.

Mayors, city councilors and School Committee members are limited to serving three consecutive two-year terms under the city charter. After sitting out one term, candidates are then eligible to run again.

There are two council seats apiece in the city’s East, West and Central districts. In each district, three individuals have already pulled nomination papers. The papers first became available May 29.

Pappalardo’s exit from the council leaves only incumbent Sean Fountain to seek reelection in the West District. Along with Fountain, who currently serves as council chairman, Savoian Drive residents Chaison and George Kazanjian have pulled papers. Chaisson is serving the final year of a six-year stint on the School Committee.

In the East District, incumbents Thomas Ciulla and Ron Marsan are joined by Thomas E. Firth III of 1 Currier St.

In the Central District, incumbents Jamie Atkinson and Lisa Ferry have pulled papers along with Cronin of 33 Richard Avenue. Cronin served as Central District councilor from 2006 to 2011 and also ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2011.

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