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October 20, 2013

Campaign Notebook: Taking a stand

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DeJesus said he is disappointed that Rivera is unaware of the issues in Lawrence, considering his years on the council.

“He’s not capable of being mayor,” said De Jesus. “I decided to support Lantigua because for the past four years he knows what has gone on in the city.”

Straw poll taken

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Democratic City Committee held its annual breakfast and candidate forum yesterday.

All democrats running for state and local offices were invited to speak. There was also a straw poll taken for several races, including Governor.

The poll showed Treasurer Steve Grossman in the lead with 69 votes, followed by Attorney General Martha Coakley with 57 votes, followed by Don Berwick with 24 votes. Other announced candidates didn’t get any votes.

Quiet on the set?

METHUEN — Cell phones interrupted the action on at least four occasions during Thursday’s councilor-at-large debate, which was taped and aired live on Methuen Community Television.

The first ringer to go off was on stage. City Councilor Joyce Campagnone’s phone rang just as the moderator was asking the first question of the debate.

“What an attention grabber,” joked candidate Robert LeBlanc.

“You’re just mad because you didn’t think of it,” said Campagnone.

Playing the name game

LAWRENCE — What’s in a name? A seat on the City Council, according to candidate Wendy Luzon.

Luzon said she is considering seeking a court order directing the city to reprint more than 10,000 paper ballots for the Nov. 5 election to remove her middle name, which is Raquelina, or at least replace it with just an “R.”

“At the primary, I lost many votes because of that,” Luzon said about the Sept. 17 preliminary election, when her name appeared on the ballot as Wendy Raquelina Luzon.

Luzon said she asked City Clerk William Maloney and City Attorney Charles Boddy that her middle name not appear on the ballot. She said the middle name confuses some voters, who are looking only for “Wendy Luzon.”

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