Democratic Primary February 6, 2018


08-13-2014 |

By Chris Stevens / The Daily Item

LYNN — Brendan Crighton said who he is today is a direct result of an amazing family and the community he hopes to represent, should he win the race for the 11th Essex District seat in September.

A product of the Lynn Public Schools from grades kindergarten through 12, he said he took part in every after-school program and played in every park and playground.

“Really, everything I am is based off our community,” he said.

08-07-2014 |

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) voted to endorse Brendan Crighton in his bid to become state representative for the 11th Essex District, representing West Lynn and Nahant.


The Lynn commuter ferry — or more specifically the boat used for the commuter ferry service — made headlines last week when, on a weekend whale watch cruise, its propellers got tangled with a utility cable 13 miles offshore and the cruise turned into an unexpected overnight trip for passengers.

That forced a temporary delay in service for three days last week as the boat, operated by Boston Harbor Cruises, was in dry dock for repairs. But aside from that unanticipated glitch which had nothing to do with the Lynn service, the Lynn to Boston run has proven to be a hit with commuters.


LYNN — City Councilor Brendan Crighton is hoping to build a vision for what he calls the Boston Street corridor not unlike plans developed for the waterfront and downtown area.

“From Stop & Shop to Flax Pond I see a number of empty businesses that haven’t been replaced,” he told the Economic & Workforce Development Committee.

Crighton said zoning for that area has not been looked at for years and he believes it’s time to bring in an outside consultant.

08-02-2014 |

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.

06-26-2014 |

By Chris Stevens / The Daily Item

LYNN — A career politician, a non-politician and a self-proclaimed champion of the elderly each made their case for the 11th Essex District state House seat during Wednesday’s Mass Senior Action candidate’s forum.

06-09-2014 |

Lynn proposal aims to build on recent growth

Editorial - The proposed new downtown Lynn zoning scheme, which will be the focus of a City Council public hearing on Tuesday night, is a new take on the famous “Field of Dreams” line: “Build it (up) and they will come.”

Councilor at large Brendan Crighton and his council Ordinance Committee, along with business leaders, including Chamber of Commerce Chairman and John’s Roast Beef Owner Taso Nikolakopoulos and members of the Lynn Business Partnership, have devised a plan to build upon the successful influx of young professionals to the downtown and encourage new restaurants and professional offices.

06-07-2014 |

City councilor at large to pitch zoning plan

LYNN — City Councilor at large Brendan Crighton will ask fellow councilors Tuesday night to share his vision of a downtown neighborhood with taller buildings, more restaurants and more people living in new and converted lofts, condominiums and apartments.

“We want to create really walkable neighborhoods,” Crighton said.

To reach that goal, Crighton mapped out zoning changes with the help of local business organization leaders, including Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Taso Nikolakopoulos, who called the changes “smart zoning.”

05-15-2014 |

LYNN — Injecting downtown with more arts and cultural programs and reshuffling its parking and zoning requirements will bring more people into the city’s center, elected officials and business leaders say.

They are moving to make changes in the downtown area over the next several months, including repaving three downtown parking lots and scheduling a council hearing on zoning code adjustments that City Councilor at large Brendan Crighton said might attract a microbrewery or “brew pubs.”

Crighton has led discussions with councilors and business community members focused on finding ways to make it easier to open businesses in the central business district.

03-18-2014 |

LYNN — The third incarnation of Lynn’s Youth Council was inducted during a City Hall ceremony where participants got to rub shoulders with their City Council counterparts.

“It’s pretty much the same setup,” said Councilor at large Brendan Crighton, who, along with School Committee member Charlie Gallo, has been a strong supporter of the council. “The kids are ages 12-19, there are 18 members and there is an application process and pretty rigorous interview.”

“It’s a big accomplishment to have been chosen,” Gallo said.