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September 21, 2009

Your guide to Methuen's city elections

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Election dates

Mayoral Debate Video

Profiles of Council Candidates

Primary results

Election-related Stories

Profiles of Mayoral Candidates



Where to vote in Methuen

Precinct 1: Timony Grammar School,

45 Pleasant View Street

Precinct 2: Timony Grammar School,

45 Pleasant View Street

Precinct 3: Tenney Grammar School,

75 Pleasant Street

Precinct 4: Park Garden Apartments

Community Room, 10 Burnham Road

Precinct 5: Park Garden Apartments

Community Room, 10 Burnham Road

Precinct 6: Timony Grammar School,

45 Pleasant View Street

Precinct 7: Tenney Grammar School,

75 Pleasant Street

Precinct 8: Marsh Grammar School,

311 Pelham Street

Precinct 9: Tenney Grammar School,

75 Pleasant Street

Precinct 10: Timony Grammar School,

45 Pleasant View Street

Precinct 11: Marsh Grammar School,

311 Pelham Street

Precinct 12: Tenney Grammar School,

75 Pleasant Street

Primary Results
Mayor: Vote for 2
Kevin M. Thompson

Click here for his campaign fiance report.

347
✔William M. Manzi III*1221
✔Al DiNuccio 976
West District Councilor:

Vote for no more than 4
✔James Hajjar466
✔Deborah R. Quinn443
John R. Burke Jr. 216
✔Edward Guy Jr.418
✔Jean Pappalardo686
*denotes incumbent

Important dates

Preliminary election:

Sept. 15, polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Final election:

Nov. 3, polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.





Methuen candidates for mayor debate issues



Noah R. Bombard and Amy Sweeney/Staff Video

Mayoral Candidate Profiles

Al DiNuccio

Age: 50

Address: 403 Pelham St.

Family: Wife, Theresa; children, Gina, April, and AJ; grandchild, Carmine.

Education: Diploma, Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council (Police Academy); Dental Laboratory Technology Program.

Work Experience: Owner/operator of multi-million dollar manufacturing corporations for more than 30 years.

Political Experience: Methuen Community Development Board member for six years; current member of the Methuen Citizens For a Better Government; past candidate for Methuen West District Councilor; Methuen Ski Tow Committee member.

Web site: Under construction.

One thing surprising about yourself: I would rather dine on a Borelli's tomato and cheese sausage in a Piro's roll than eat in a 5-star restaurant in Boston.

What is the biggest issue facing Methuen right now? Leadership is the biggest issue. Methuen has been managed with unethical standards, resulting in multiple legal and fiscal crises. Many city departments are in disarray. There is no proactive plan developed for the future of Methuen. A true leader places the good of the institution above their personal ambition.

Click here for Al Dinuccio's campaign fiance report filed in September.

William Manzi

Age: 53

Address: 66 Woodburn Drive

Family: Wife, Elizabeth; Children, William IV and Meaghan

Education: B.A. Political Science University of Massachusetts (Amherst); Masters Degree Business Administration University of Massachusetts (Lowell).

Work Experience: Owned business (Rostron's); field auditor for local C.P.A. firm doing health and welfare compliance audits.

Political Experience: Mayor; Serve six terms as city councilor; past member Methuen Zoning Board of Appeals.

Web site: www.billmanzi.com

One thing surprising about yourself: I believe in trying and employing new technology and that is reflected in the total overhaul the city Web site has undergone, winning three consecutive e-government awards from Common Cause.

What is the biggest issue facing Methuen right now?: The ongoing fiscal crisis. In this fiscal cycle I have negotiated nine city side collective bargaining agreements that reflect 10 percent wage cuts for all personnel, including an $8,000 cut for the mayor's position. We cut $2.8 million in spending, and maintained services for our residents.

Click here for William Manzi's campaign fiance report filed in September.





QuestionDiNuccioManzi
Does Methuen need to renovate the high school?YesYes
Is Superintendent Jeanne Whitten doing her job well?NoYes Should Joseph Solomon be reinstated as police chief?NoNo Are Methuen's taxes reasonable?NoYes Do you believe in term limits?YesNo

West District Councilor Candidate Profiles

Edward J. Guy, Jr.

Age: 64

Address: 2 Jade St.

Personal: Wife Eileen; five children; six Grand Children and a seventh expected later in September.

Education: Associates Degree in criminal justice from Northern Essex Community College.

Work Experience: Thirty-nine years as a Methuen Police Officer.

Political Experience: None

Web site: None

One thing surprising about yourself: All the years that I worked as a police officer, I stayed away from politics or the appearance of political influence and now I am entering into city politics.

What is the biggest issue facing Methuen right now?: The financial crisis is the biggest issue. The mayor waited until it was time to set last year's budget to negotiate with the unions for concessions. We are told that the next budget is going to be worse. What is the city doing now to correct the problem?

James M. Hajjar

Age: 46

Address: 52 Arrowwood St.

Personal: Married, Laura; three children

Education: Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, University of Massachusetts at Lowell; Master's Degree in electrical engineering, Clemson University; Executive Development program, University of New Hampshire; Advanced Management program, Duke University.

Work Experience: Employed with AT&T; /Alcatel-Lucent for over 24 years — various business management and technical positions.

Political Experience: Member of the Methuen Community Development Board; member of the School Design Team.

Web site: http://home.comcast.net/~jhajjar1

One thing surprising about yourself: I worked at Community Drugstore in Methuen Square and met Laura there. My boss, Mel Weagle, was a city councilor. I learned about Methuen "politics" at an early age.

What is the biggest issue facing Methuen right now?: The financial crisis. Since 1999, population stayed constant, yet expenses grew 77 percent. Every year, expenses were higher than revenues. City fund dwindled from $5.8 million to $1.9 million. We must shift from a government of personal agendas and political motivations to one of sound business principles and practices.

Jeanne M. Pappalardo

Age: 62

Address: 139 Forest St.

Personal: Married, Joseph; two daughters.

Education: High school graduate;completed several courses at North Shore Community College.

Work Experience: Presently retired; worked as a program assistant Methuen School System, secretary for the Lawrence Fire Dept.; co-Owner of Evergreen Landscaping.

Political Experience: Current West District councilor

Web site: None

One thing surprising about yourself: I enjoy collecting antiques and have traveled from Massachusetts to Maine and as far as to Florida. I am always looking for new shops to visit and acquire more treasures.

What is the biggest issue facing Methuen right now?: I believe overall finances of the city and trying to hold taxes from drastically increasing and to maintain the present level of services provided to the residents, and with the proposed renovation of the high school I feel this is a challenge facing our community.

Deborah Quinn

Age: 51

Address: 26 Garfield street

Personal: Three children

Education: Degree in dental assisting, Northern Essex Community College; Teachers training program, University of Massachusetts Boston; Continuing education programs in autistic pediatric dental patients.

Work Experience: Pediatric dental assistant; former waitress at Bishop's Restaurant.

Political Experience: West Disrict Ccouncilor for four years, the most recent as council president.

Web site: None

One thing surprising about yourself: I can dish it out and I can take it. I can get mad and I can forgive just as fast. In politics I haven't lost my enthusiasm or my fight.

What is the biggest issue facing Methuen right now?: Schools overcrowded; High School that's so out of date; Not enough Science and Math Labs at the High School. Time has come for a school that are children not only deserve but have a right to so that they can be globally competitive in the future. Sidewalks leading up to all Schools in Methuen.

Questions for the candidates
QuestionGuyHajjarPappalardoQuinn
1. Do you agree with the state's plans to eliminate the Route 110/113 rotary?YesYesYesYes
2. Are Methuen's taxes reasonable?YesYesYesYes
3. Should the city build a park and boat ramp at the old Bea's site along the Merrimack River?NoNo NoYes
4. Do you believe in term limits?YesYesYesYes
5. Should the city increase meals and hotel taxes to offset potential looming budget cuts?NoNoNoNo


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