"Obviously there's a drug problem in every community," said Birchall. "Degrading a border community doesn't solve the problem. Communities working together on curbing and identifying the problem for a better quality of life is a better approach."
Grayton said Methuen police are responding to the drug problem.
"As a city councilor, I would make sure they continue to have the resources to fight back," said Grayton.
Jajuga said he would like to see enhanced regional collaboration on issues like drug education, intervention and treatment.
"I think what we need to do is work in better collaboration," said Jajuga. "The entire Valley should be working together."
The Eagle-Tribune reported earlier this month that LeBlanc — a well-known lawyer, former Methuen town manager and current attorney for the state Democratic party — was sent letters banning him from the campus of Greater Lawrence Technical School in 2005 and from all Barnes & Noble bookstores in 2002.
LeBlanc has said the letters are baseless and were circulated as a personal attack.
WBZ-TV also reported this month that LeBlanc “stalked ... and propositioned” former GLTS student Kevin Marr in 2005, prompting the then-senior to file a police report and GLTS to issue LeBlanc a no-trespass letter.
WBZ-TV also cited a police report from 2000 in which LeBlanc allegedly followed a male customer into a Barnes & Noble bathroom and “touched himself inappropriately” in front of a urinal.
LeBlanc has not been charged in connection with any of the incidents. But the Massachusetts Republican Party and mayoral challenger Jennifer Kannan have called on him to drop out of the race.
There was no mention of the allegations at last Thursday's debate.
LeBlanc also voiced support at the debate for Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon's failed push in 2012 to install traffic cameras at select busy intersections in the city. LeBlanc said the cameras would generate $1.2 million in annual revenue.