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Merrimack Valley

July 31, 2013

Methuen ballottakes shape


Elected officials in Methuen are limited to serving three consecutive two-year terms under the city charter. Candidates are eligible to run again for the same office after sitting out one term.

There are six seats up for grabs on the School Committee and eight candidates will appear on the ballot: incumbents Lynne Hajjar Kumm, Mary Jean Fawcett and Robert Vogler and challengers Richard Beshara, Dennis DJ Deeb, Jana DiNatale, Thomas Grondine and Bryan Sweet.

Residents Jonathan Trunfio, Richard Philbrick, Kevin LeBourdais, and Jeri-an Batal pulled papers but did not return them.

Also on the ballot this fall are races for the Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee, Nevins Memorial Library Board of Trustees and the Methuen Housing Authority board. Each race has two seats up for election.

Barbara Grondine is the only candidate to pull papers for the technical school committee. Deeb also pulled papers but did not return them. Josephine Napolitano and Arthur Nicholson will run unopposed for the library board. At the Methuen Housing Authority, Kenneth Henrick, Frank Gallo and Richard True will compete for the two open seats.

Only Zanni, Kannan and Morgan Drive resident Joseph Leone pulled nomination papers for mayor. But last week, Leone told The Eagle-Tribune he will not run for office and instead endorsed Zanni’s bid for a second two-year term.

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