By Steve Whipple
Longtime Methuen city councilor and
School Committee member Mike Condon
has pulled out of the upcoming City Council
The incumbent Condon is currently one
of three at-large councilors and he serves
as council vice chairman. The municipal
election is just a few months away, Nov. 5.
“I have my papers, I have the signatures,
but my gut just isn’t in it,” said Condon. “So
I am not running. I am going to retire from
politics. Methuen has been very good to me
and I think I have been good to Methuen.”
Condon cited the loss of his dad and
three close friends all within months of each
other as the reason for re-evaluating another
two years on the council.
“Since losing my dad and (best friend)
Arthur Hutton, I just haven’t been the same.
And I lost my buddy Billy DePardo and
Ronny Ford. It was a tough year. I’ll be
58, and I really want to do things with my
Ed Condon, with whom Mike was very
close, passed away April 7. Bill DePardo
died two days later. A close friend since
grade school, Arthur Hutton lost his battle
to cancer seven weeks later. Former city
councilor and WCCM talk-show host Ron
Ford died Jan. 16.
“I really love what I do, but my passion
for my political life isn’t there like it used
to be since the loss of my father and my
buddy Arthur,” he said. “I decided to step
back and let new people get involved in the
A lifelong Methuen resident, Condon
said he has served on the council and
School Committee about 16 years. His first
election was in the early 1980s in which he
tied Dorothy Kalil. A recount returned identical
results, so a runoff election was held
and Condon won by a whisker.
Condon has been in the restaurant and
catering business for 38 years, the last 11
as owner of the Sweetheart Inn. He said he
intends to focus more on the business.
He denied a possible return to City Hall.
His current term ends in December.
“I am definitely retiring from politics.
You won’t see my name on a ballot again,”
he said. “I just want to say thank you to
Methuen for the confidence they’ve had
in me and for giving me the opportunity to