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Merrimack Valley

October 27, 2013

Campaign Notebook

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The discussion allegedly occurred in Zanni’s office in September 2012. Kannan was there to tell Zanni she planned to run for mayor — a decision Kannan did not announce publicly until March.

Zanni suggested she run for School Committee this fall, serve a two-tear term and then run for mayor in 2015, according to Kannan. Kannan is Zanni’s only challenger for reelection Nov. 5.

Kannan said she didn’t read much into the conversation, though she does find it “comical” that Zanni was willing to back her as mayor in two years but now claims on the campaign trail that she isn’t suited for the job.

“I told him that he doesn’t decide what political office I run for,” said Kannan.

Zanni said he did meet with Kannan late last year to talk about the election, but denied Kannan’s assertion that he said he would support her in the 2015 mayoral election if she passed on it this fall.

“I didn’t say that,” said Zanni.

Santiago now asking the questions

Former state representative and ex-Lawrence City Councilor Jose Santiago may have found a new niche in politics — even if he can’t get elected to public office again.

He can sit back and grill other candidates at a public forum.

Santiago, who has also been an unsuccessful mayoral candidate in previous years, was a member of a three person panel asking questions of City Council at-large candidates at the Lawrence Public Library last week at a forum sponsored by the Puerto Rican Political Action Coalition.

Santiago asked the candidates a few controversial questions including whether they supported voter identification, if any members of their family worked for the city and whether they would support the elimination of term limits for the mayor.

Fire endorsement

METHUEN — East District Council candidate Tom Firth has received the endorsement of the Methuen Firefighters Union.

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