A picture of Armand P. Mercier who passed away today. Armand is in the front right of this photo wearing a blue sports jacket and a great smile. Joining him in the photo are the members of the Lowell City Council elected in November 1999 on Inauguration Day in January 2000. Front row from left: Rita Mercier, Mayor Eileen Donoghue, Armand Mercier. Back row from left: Rithy Uong, Rodney Elliott, William Martin, Bud Caulfield, Richard Howe, Dan Tenczar. In terms of electoral longevity, Richard Howe had first been elected in 1965; Bud Caulfield in 1987; Rita Mercier and Eileen Donoghue both in 1995; Armand Mercier and Rodney Elliott in 1997; and Bill Martin, Rithy Uong and Dan Tenczer had been on the council for about 75 minutes when this photo had been taken.
During this past fall’s council campaign, I attended three neighborhood candidate forums and recorded video of each candidate’s opening and closing statements. You can see Armand’s of September 8, September 21, and October 3, here – here – and here. Finally, the clip below is from the October 20, 2009 council meeting which marked Armand’s return from an illness.