In all honesty, I thought Kazanjian would be re-elected. Kudos to the citizens of Lowell for kicking him out along with Regina Fatcianti. Even if the new councilors do absolutely nothing in the next two years, the council is improved simply by subtraction. In the wake of the election, there are some clear cut winners and losers…
Bernie Lynch: Winner. If Kazanjian, Lenzi, Mercier, Mercier, and Caufield stayed in power there was no way his contract would have been extended.
John Cox: Loser. His influence is fading fast.
TJ McCarthy: Loser. Was going to be the next city manager.
Chris Scott: Winner. A stronger mandate with enemy #1 out.
Bill Taupier, Nick Sarris, George Berhakis: Losers. Fatcianti, Kazanjian, A. Mercier, Lenzi means less of a chance that these dirt bags getting a reprieve from the school committee leaving the Bon Marche.
One Lowell, Move Forward Lowell: Winners. Accomplished it’s core goal in changing the balance of power.
Kendall Wallace & Lowell Sun: Losers. Little influence over the election. Bad predictions. Irrelevant.
Lowell Shallot, Mr. Mill City, Left in Lowell: Winners. People actually read these things and having other sources of news and opinion is valuable in a one (douchey) paper town.
Rita Mercier: Loser. She’s made her dislike for Lynch obvious. Now she’s in the minority with Bud.
Hairy Balls and rest of the state delegation: Losers. Endorsing Kazanjian in the 11th hour?! Dumb.
Good Olde Boys (GOBs): Losers. Blowellians are part of the solution, not the problem. The more that the old gaurd is pushed aside the better.
Citizens of Lowell: Winners*. A step in the right direction and hope to change the petty insider politics of Lowell. *Beware of Lynch and a vacuum of power from the city council. Remember, Lynch is a politician looking out for his best interest. He has his own cronies, favorites, and ambitions beyond Lowell.