Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy announced last Wednesday that she will be seeking re-election to a second term in office.
Kennedy made the announcement before a large crowd at a campaign kickoff event at Franco-American Hall on Western Avenue.
Kennedy, who became the first female mayor in the city’s history when she took office in 2010, highlighted a few of her many accomplishments during a well-crafted speech to supporters before she told them know that she had taken out nomination papers at City Hall earlier in the day.
“Who brought improvements to High Rock Park, Flax Pond, McManus Field, Barry Park, and son, Wyoma Little League?”
“Judy Flanagan Kennedy,” the crowd responded in unison with the mayor.
She noted the new businesses that are coming to Lynn such as DeMoulas Market Basket, D’Amici’s, Rosetti’s Restaurant, and Kettle Cuisine.
The enthusiasm in the room for her candidacy was noteworthy. When the mayor completed her remarks, many people in the hall rushed to a table at the front of the hall to sign her nomination papers and to wish her well as a new campaign begins.
Current city councilors and School Committee members and some already announced candidates in the fall city election were in attendance for what many consider the start of the city’s 2013 election season.
Kennedy said she will be running a vigorous campaign in the months ahead.