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October 20, 2013

Campaign Notebook: Taking a stand

Taking a Stand

METHUEN — Mayoral challenger Jennifer Kannan is donating the $250 campaign contribution she received from Laborers International Local 175 to the Methuen YMCA.

Kannan announced the donation at Thursday’s mayoral debate. The donation will support local YMCA programs geared toward empowering children and adults to stand up against abuse and bullying, according to a campaign press release.

The donation is in response to Local 175 Business Manager Michael Gagliardi, who oversaw the distribution of several Kannan attack fliers at a recent political breakfast. The fliers also ran as advertisements in a local publication.

In her press release, Kannan said Gagliardi — who she did not mention by name — donated $250 to her mayoral campaign in March. But in April, Kannan said Gagliardi threatened her when she voted against his preferred city solicitor candidate.

Kannan said Gagliardi has spent “nearly $4,000 on negative ads targeting Kannan’s family and her physical appearance.”

“I believe the hard-working members of our DPW, whose union dues were wasted on these ads, can hold their heads high knowing that their hard-earned money is being spent to make Methuen better,” said Kannan. “I can take the swings, but not everyone can. That’s why I am standing up against this bully by taking his check and giving it to the Methuen YMCA. My hope is this will help the organization’s efforts in bolstering young people’s confidence so they can stand up for themselves too.”

DeJesus moves to Lantigua’s corner

LAWRENCE — Unsuccessful mayoral candidate Nestor DeJesus announced last week he is supporting incumbent William Lantigua as the city’s next mayor.

Lantigua is seeking reelection against challenger Dan Rivera, a city councilor-at-large.

“We are endorsing Lantigua because his opponent has demonstrated he does not understand the issues and problems in the city,” said DeJesus. “His only concern is getting 10 police officers on the force and the fact that he can help bring jobs to the city because he speaks English and Spanish.”

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