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Merrimack Valley

October 27, 2013

Campaign Notebook

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Blanchette did not return a phone call seeking to learn if stands by his previous statement that Lantigua’s oversized signs are unsightly and unsafe.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that municipalities can regulate the time, place and manner of political speech if they also enable residents “ample alternative channels for communication.”

As they did seven years ago, Lantigua’s signs include his phone number: 978-423-0079.

Strong voting records

METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni and challenger Jennifer Kannan are no strangers to the ballot box.

A review of voting records over the last decade shows the two candidates for Methuen mayor have a strong track record on Election Day. Voters will elect either Zanni or Kannan mayor on Nov. 5.

Zanni and Kannan both voted earlier this year in the primary and special elections to fill John Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat. In 2012 both candidates also voted in the fall elections, though Zanni did not cast a ballot in the March presidential primary.

Kannan voted in the Republican presidential primary last year.

Between 2008 and 2011, Zanni and Kannan each voted 11 times in various local and state elections.

The only other discrepancies between the candidates’ voting records came in 2007, when Kannan did not vote in a local preliminary election, and in 2004, when Kannan didn’t vote in a presidential primary. Zanni voted in each, including the Republican presidential primary in March 2004.

Otherwise, Zanni and Kannan each voted nine other times between 2003 and 2007 in various elections.

Both candidates are now registered Democrats but in previous years were unenrolled.

Quid pro quo?

METHUEN — Before she announced her candidacy for mayor earlier this year, Jennifer Kannan said Mayor Steven Zanni suggested she run for School Committee instead — a claim Zanni now denies.

“Give me two years and I’ll give you my full backing (for mayor in 2015),” Zanni said, according to Kannan.

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