EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 29, 2013

Campaign Notebook


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Atkinson receives police endorsement

METHUEN — Central District City Councilor Jamie Atkinson has received the endorsement of the Methuen Police Superior Officers Union.

“Jamie is a dedicated city councilor who works diligently representing the best interest of the citizens of Methuen,” said Police Lt. Frank Korn.

Atkinson said he is proud to receive their support.

“I always have the greatest respect for our police officers,” he said. “Their endorsement means a lot to me.”

Condon caught on camera

METHUEN — Mayoral candidate and City Councilor Jennifer Aziz Kannan launched her new campaign website this week. The address is still the same, www.kannanformayor.com, but what’s different is the look and the content. The site has more photos from the campaign trail and more information about the candidate. But what Team Kannan is most excited about is the series of video endorsements from various Methuen people. A new one will be released each Wednesday and Sunday. The first video was done by restaurant owner and City Councilor Michael Condon, who said “(Jennifer) is a people person. She is somebody you can call 24 hours a day. Somebody you can depend on. Somebody you can trust.”

“I must thank Michael and the others who have come forward and gone on camera to endorse me,” Kannan said. “There is no doubt social media has become a major part of campaigning these days and videos are apart of it. Seeing and hearing someone say the words has a much greater impact than sending out a letter.”

As mayor, Kannan would like to see the city better use it social media to better interact with residents and to do a better job of keeping them informed.

“Right now, the city does not have a Facebook page. But look at what Methuen Police has done with theirs. They have over 5,000 subscribers and they do a fantastic job keeping residents informed,” Kannan said. “We should be doing the same on the city side. An informed city is a safe city.”

A flipping good time

METHUEN — Retired Fire Chief Kenneth Bourassa will be flipping flapjacks while mayoral candidate Jennizer Aziz Kannan serves up the stacks and syrup to Methuen’s seniors at a free breakfast Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. Bourassa is famous for his pancakes and invites all seniors to enjoy a free breakfast and meet Jennifer Aziz Kannan, his choice for mayor. For more information, call 978-687-1309.

Ryan-Ciardiello campaign kickoff

HAVERHILL - Campaign Kickoff Party for Maura Ryan-Ciardiello, candidate for Haverhill School Committee, will be held Thursday, Oct. 3

6:30-9 p.m. at Archie’s Little River Ale House , 27 Lafayette Square.

Mr. Brown goes to New Hampshire

HAMPSTEAD - Former Sen. Scott Brown heads back to New Hampshire tomorrow for a state GOP party fundraiser billed as “An Evening with Scott Brown” at The Granite Rose, 22 Garland Drive from 7-9 p.m.

The event piqued the interest of Granite State Democrats wondering like everyone else about Brown’s future political plans.

With Brown preparing to headline the Hampstead, N.H. event tomorrow night, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen emailed a fundraising appeal highlighting Brown’s visit as his seventh in sixth months to New Hampshire, not counting his turn on stage with Cheap Trick at the Hampton Beach Casino.

“This is his latest hint at running against me. We cannot afford to underestimate him,” Shaheen wrote. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., followed up later Friday afternoon with a fundraising pitch of her own on Shaheen’s behalf. “I received this email today from Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Believe it or not, our old friend Scott Brown is considering a move north to New Hampshire to run against Senator Shaheen in 2014. With your help, we beat Scott Brown and elected Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts. Let’s show Scott Brown: If he decides to run against Jeanne Shaheen, we’ll be there once again to stop him,” Mindy Myers wrote.

Brown owns a home in Rye, N.H., and though he opted against a gubernatorial run in Massachusetts he has not ruled out running for U.S. Senate again in Massachusetts or in another state in 2014.