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Armand Mercier, American politician, died he was 78.

Armand Mercier was a Mayor and City Councilor of Lowell, Massachusetts  died he was 78..

(November 8, 1933 – January 13, 2012) 

Early life and career

He was born in Lowell on Nov. 8, 1933, a son of the late Peter &
Lillian (Rodrigue) Mercier. He attended St. Joseph High School and has
been a lifelong dedicated resident of Lowell. He was a long-time
communicant of the former Ste. Jeanne d’Arc Church in the Pawtucketville
section of the which he resided for many years. He also founded and
operated a real estate office named Mercier Realty, a family business
since 1985. Armand Mercier resided in the City of Lowell all of his
Armand’s commitment to public service began in 1966 as the labor
appointee to the Lowell Housing Authority Board of Commissioners,
Mercier served as the Governor’s Representative for the Lowell Housing
Authority. He dedicated his energies serving as Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
Commissioner and Executive Director of the Lowell Housing Authority, as
well as Development Director and Executive Director of the Lowell
Historical Preservation Commission. He also served on the Lowell Plan of
Directors; Community Teamwork Incorporated (CTI); Center Cities
Committee, Vice President of the Mass Chapter of the National
Association of Housing Redevelopment (NAHRO); Board of Director of
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Chair of the Greater Lowell March of Dimes
and Delegate of Central Labor Council.[2]

Lowell City Council

Armand continued to dedicate his time and energy to the citizens of
Lowell having served six elected terms on the Lowell City Council, where
he was affectionately known as “The Voice of Reason” from 1998 to 2010;
during which he served one term as Vice-Mayor (2002–2004), and one term
as Mayor (2004–2006).[2]
Mercier has served on numerous subcommittees including Economic Development and Downtown, Public Safety, and Zoning.
In the 2009 Lowell City election Mercier lost reelection by 217 votes
thus ending his twelve years and six terms of service on the Lowell
City Council.[3]

Post Council

The Lowell Housing Authority dedicated their community building on Salem Street as the Armand P. Mercier Multi-Service Center.[1]
In 2011 Mercier ran to try and reclaim his seat on the council but come up short by 55 votes of rejoining the council.[4]
Armand P. Mercier, died on Friday January 13, 2012, at Lowell General Hospital following a brief illness.[1]

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