Council President Darren Cyr is vying to become the city's next mayor. (File Photo)
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Lynn mayoral candidate avoids campaign mishap

LYNN — City Council President and mayoral candidate Darren Cyr avoided a campaign mishap Tuesday when he rectified an error in which he did not disclose the names of his campaign donors with the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF). 

Cyr, who represents Ward 3, said his team received a letter from the OCPF asking that a receipt of donations made to his campaign during the month of April be provided to the department by May 28. 

He said his team was working to resolve the issue — which he characterized as an oversight — within 24 to 48 hours. 

“Whatever filings that need to be done will be done,” Cyr said. “I’m going to look into it and take care of whatever the issue is. It will be rectified.”

Cyr declared his candidacy in March shortly after Mayor Thomas M. McGee announced he would not run for re-election this fall. He faces School Committee members Jared Nicholson and Michael Satterwhite, as well as newcomer Keith Lee — should all gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot — in the September primary, which will whittle down the field to two candidates. 

Because he is a state worker employed as a manager in the asset protection bureau of the Massachusetts State Lottery, Cyr said he isn’t allowed to personally request donations from supporters, explaining that his campaign finances are primarily handled through his treasurer. 

He decried what he said was a number of false reports he’d seen circulating on social media about his candidacy. 

“Obviously there are people out there who are paying attention to what I’m doing and looking to throw sticks and stones however they can,” Cyr said. 

An employee of OCPF said the office is unable to comment on information regarding individual candidates.

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