The controversial Methuen mayoral race between the new mayor of Methuen, Neil Perry and City Council Chairwoman Jennifer Kannan whom he defeated, is behind us. So let us revisit the coverage of both parties with this slideshow.   

 A party for Perry, 61, was in full-swing at the Knights of Columbus as results rolled in highly favoring the political newcomer. Music blasted as at least 100 people celebrated the big win. In a moment away from supporters, Perry talked about the overwhelming flood of emotion he felt.

“It’s a lot to take in,” he said. “But I’m happy. So happy.” He will leave a longtime position at Raytheon to become mayor. He said the people of Methuen made a statement by electing him to lead the  city, “It sends a message that the city wants change,” Perry said.

 From the Irish Cottage, Kannan congratulated her opponent with a phone call and thanked her many volunteers and supporters. This was her second run for mayor. When asked if she would run again, Kannan said it was too soon to say.