Jennifer Aziz Kannan

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Dear Methuen Resident,

In consultation with friends, supporters and family, I have made the decision to run for Mayor of Methuen in the current election.

Those who know me know that this was not a decision arrived at lightly, but rather is a result of my growing concern about the crisis that has developed over the past several years. Not enough attention was paid by past administrations to good fiscal management. There tended to be a less than open relationship between the Council and the Executive Branch, leading to a breakdown of trust, both among the Council and the residents. When it became apparent that leadership out of this crisis was going to have to come from the City Council, I did not retreat. I rolled up my sleeves and got to work:

  • As Chair of the City Council, I endorsed the initiative of a fellow Councilor to request state oversight agencies to investigate the city’s collective bargaining and school spending practices.
  • I endorsed and re-drafted the home-rule petition that resulted in the appointment of a state fiscal stability officer and the new Chief Administrative Officer for the city (CAFO.)
  • I diligently prepared agendas and presided over Council meetings to ensure open and transparent debate among a mostly-new Council while moving the business of the city forward.

 

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING

For those who don’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself:

  • 10+ years of experience in Methuen local government and civic affairs:
    • 3 years as Chair of the Methuen City Council
    • Past member, City Council Finance Committee- 2010-2011
    • Past member, City Council Consolidation Committee- 2010-2011
    • Initiated and served on the Methuen Charter Review Committee -2018-2019
    • Initiated and served on City Council Interim Auditor Search Committee- 2018
    • Board Member, The Psychological Center
    • Forest Lake Association- Secretary - 2009-2012
    • Ashford School PTO Volunteer- 1991-1993
    • CGS PTO Volunteer- 1994-2009
    • Proud “super voter” -- a super voter is defined as one who has voted in every election for which eligible.

 

As Mayor, I promise to lead the city forward:

  • I plan to begin implementation of the Capital Improvement Plan;
  • professionalize the Human Resources function;
  • work with the CAFO to get and keep spending under control;
  • get the city’s free cash and stabilization funds to acceptable levels;
  • review and improve the process by which vendor contracts are awarded;
  • talk with and listen to city employees to support all their good work;