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Merrimack Valley

October 27, 2013

Zanni and Kannan on the record

Stephen N. Zanni*

Age: 69

Address: 70 Sevoian Drive

Occupation: Mayor

Education: M.A. Fitchburg State University; B.S. Curry College

Personal: Married to Janice. Daughter Jana and son Jeff, both married and living in Methuen. Four grandchildren: granddaughters Gianna and Eva, grandsons Enzo and Stephen.

What’s the biggest difference between you and your opponent?

I have no family members that also work for the city, and as a result, I am able to be impartial as I work on behalf of all of Methuen’s taxpayers.

What will be your top priority as mayor?

My top priority will be the completion of the Methuen High School project in a manner that is both on time and on budget.

What is your greatest strength?

Having been an executive for most of my career, I am comfortable making tough decisions that are guided by my strong principles. I will always seek to do what I believe is right, even if it may not be popular with some.

What is your opponent’s greatest flaw or weakness?

It is unclear as to how my opponent will be able to effectively negotiate the city’s labor contracts with so many members of her immediate family on the city’s payroll.

How will you improve relations between the City Council and mayor’s office?

I will continue to maintain my open door policy with all councilors.

Which, if any, city services should be privatized? Why or why not?

I continue to believe that outsourcing our information technology services can result in both substantial savings and improved performance. I am open-minded with regard to other opportunities to explore if they will improve our bottom line.

In the last two years, what’s your proudest accomplishment as an elected official?

Putting a halt to Century Box’s plans to relocate their business to North Carolina and enabling them to expand their operation here. Through the use of tax increment financing, we were able to facilitate their 54,000-square-foot expansion, which will create over 100 new jobs here.

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