West District challenger Ken Willette said the council chairman is the second most important position behind the mayor.
Willette listed the qualities of a good chairman: “Balancing openness and making sure everyone has an opportunity to place items on the agenda. Making sure every voice is heard. Speaking last. Making sure side conversations are not engaged in.”
George Kazanjian, also a West District challenger, said honesty is the most important quality in a chairman.
“That person has to show that he’s upright and has the best interest of the city at heart,” said Kazanjian.
METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni’s Columbus Day weekend roast raised $3,450 for the American Cancer Society, according to Zanni’s reelection campaign.
All proceeds from the event were donated to local fundraising group The Stepping Stones, who are raising money through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
HAVERHILL — School Committee candidate Maura Ryan-Ciardiello is seeking campaign volunteers.
Those interested can send an email to Maura52157@aol.com. Volunteers with Ryan-Ciardiello’s election committee will be out every weekend leading up to the election and on Election Day.