Mayoral campaigns heating up in 14 cities

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Challenges to incumbents Judith Flanagan Kennedy in Lynn and William Lantigua in Lawrence, and a three-way race to replace a retiring mayor in Beverly claim top billing in local elections this fall.

Other mayoral bouts of note are being waged in two cities where incumbents — Donna D. Holaday in Newburyport and Carlo DeMaria Jr. in Everett — are running to stay in office.

In all, 14 area communities will be electing mayors Nov. 5. Preliminary elections will be held this month where needed to trim fields to two contenders.

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