Crighton Will Run for Councilor-at-Large

Ward 5 City Councilor Brendan Crighton

Ward 5 City Councilor
Brendan Crighton

When Ward 5 City Councilor Brendan Crighton and his fiancée, Andrea Maruzzi, moved to a new home on Greenleaf Circle in Ward 4, there was much speculation about what Crighton’s political plans would be for the 2013 election.

Crighton made those plans official last week, announcing that he will be a candidate for a councilor-at-large seat on the Lynn City Council.

Lynn political observers expect Crighton to be a formidable candidate for one of the four at-large seats on the Council. He has been a rising star on the Lynn political scene since first being elected in 2009 at the age of 26 to his ward councilor seat. He was unopposed in his re-election to the position two years ago.

“I love Lynn and I love working as a councilor,” Crighton told the Lynn Journal. “I’m proud of the work I’ve done so far, but there’s a lot more work to do. I think Lynn is poised to be the next big thing in Massachusetts, and that’s the next great city and I want to help get us there.

Crighton said what he’s most proud of on his record of service is “attention to my constituents and improving neighborhoods.”

“I’ve also been proud of fostering policies that encourages economic growth, specifically through a $4 million bond that we did to improve infrastructure throughout the whole city.”

Crighton is the chief of staff for State Sen. McGee’s Office on Beacon Hill. His fiancée [the couple will be married in August] works as the coordinator of scheduling for the State Senate Clerk’s Office. The couple holds a rather impressive designation, having been named by Improper Bostonian magazine as one of “Beacon Hill’s Most Beautiful.” They drew No. 1 billing for the honor, appearing together on the cover of the magazine.

Crighton attended Lynn Classical High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball, and ran track. He was a captain of the Rams’ football team in his senior year. “We went 10-1 and lost to Gloucester by a point (7-6), which is still somewhat upsetting to this day,” said Crighton.

Crighton received his Bachelor’s degree in Government in 2005 from Colby College where he was a member of the football team.

Following his graduation, he began working as a legislative aide for Sen. McGee. After receiving his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University, he continued his work in McGee’s office on budgetary and legislative issues and in constituent services before he was promoted to his current position as chief of staff.

Crighton is the son of Kevin and Diane Crighton. He has a brother, Kevin, 28, a graduate of Lynn Classical who like his father is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and works as a pharmacist, and a sister, Kathleen, 23, a graduate of St. Mary’s High School and a student at Salem State University.

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