Councilor-at-Large Brendan Crighton said he is very happy with the positive response to his campaign for state representative in the Eleventh Essex District that includes West Lynn and all of Nahant.
Crighton is vying with School Committee member Charlie Gallo and past city council candidate Katerina Koudanis for the Democratic nomination in the primary election that will be held Sept. 9. There are no Republican candidates for the seat that was previously held by Steve Walsh.
“The campaign is going really well,” Crighton told the Lynn Journal in an interview this week. “We’ve been knocking on doors and trying to meet as many residents as possible. I’m very happy with the positive response we’ve received.”
Crighton, the former two-term Ward 5 councilor who won a councilor-at-large seat in his first bid for citywide office last November, had two strong performances in candidates’ debates in Lynn and Nahant. He just participated in a candidates’ forum with Lynn Happens.com, an online news venue run by Seth Albaum.
“The debates were good – there’s always room for improvement but I think we were able to highlight our strong record of accomplishment in the area of job creation and economic development.”
Crighton, who serves as chief of staff for Sen. Thomas McGee, cites as one of his top accomplishments the rezoning of the downtown district, “encouraging more businesses and development in the downtown with restaurants, arts and cultural entities, research and development space, as well as making the area more flexible for residential development.”
Crighton said the City Council’s “infrastructure investment bond” has led to improvements in the Lynn Auditorium (at City Hall), the Lynn Commons, the Seaport Marina, Fraser Field, Lynn Woods, and parks and playgrounds throughout the city.
Crighton said he led the charge in the expedited permitting process for the waterfront, “that’s helped spur development and growth in that area.”
Meaghen Hamill, legislative director for Sen. McGee’s office, is serving as the manager of the Crighton campaign that the candidate calls “a grassroots effort.”
“There are a lot of great people and great ideas in the district that I’ve encountered by knocking on doors during the campaign,” said Crighton.
The first-term councilor-at-large said he has “a lot of support from his colleagues on the City Council.” He has received some key endorsements that he will be announcing soon.
Crighton said he will be holding a campaign event on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Tatiana’s. His brother Kevin’s band will be performing at the fundraiser.