Armand Mercier

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Armand P. Mercier
83rd Mayor of
Lowell, Massachusetts
In office
January 2004 – January 2006
Preceded by Rita Mercier
Succeeded by William F. Martin
Member of the
Lowell, Massachusetts
City Council
In office
January 1998 – January 2010
Personal details
Born (1933-11-08)November 8, 1933
Lowell, Massachusetts
Died January 13, 2012(2012-01-13) (aged 78)
Lowell, Massachusetts
Profession Real Estate

Armand P. Mercier (November 8, 1933 – January 13, 2012) was a mayor and city councillor of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Early life and career

Mercier was born in Lowell on November 8, 1933, to the late Peter & Lillian (Rodrigue) Mercier. He was a student of St. Joseph High School, and a lifelong resident of Lowell. He was a long-time member of the former Ste. Jeanne d'Arc Church in the Pawtucketville Section, and also founded Mercier Realty in 1985.[1]

His public service career began in 1966 as the labor appointee to the Lowell Public Housing Board of Commissioners as the Governor’s Representative for the Lowell Public Housing. He served 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 Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Housing Redevelopment (NAHRO); Board of Director of the Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Chair of the Greater Lowell March of Dimes and Delegate of the Central Labor Council.[2] In 1975 he was a finalist for the position Lowell City Manager. The city council chose Holyoke Mayor William Taupier over Mercier and the other finalist, Robert W. Healy, after sixteen ballots.[3][4]

Lowell City Council

Mercier served six terms on the Lowell City Council from 1998 to 2010. During this time, he served one term as vice mayor (2002–2004), and one term as mayor (2004–2006).[2] He served on numerous subcommittees including Economic Development and Downtown, Public Safety, and Zoning. In the 2009 Lowell City election Mercier lost his reelection bid by 217 votes.[5]

Post council

The Lowell Housing Authority has named their community building on Salem Street the Armand P. Mercier Multi-Service Center, in his honor.[1]

In 2011, Mercier tried to reclaim his seat on the council, but lost by 55 votes.[6] He died on January 13, 2012, at Lowell General Hospital following a brief illness.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Armand P. Mercier Obituary: View Armand Mercier's Obituary by Lowell Sun". Retrieved 2012-01-23.
  2. ^ a b "Armand P. Mercier". Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
  3. ^ "Holyoke's mayor gets Lowell job". The Boston Globe. October 15, 1975.
  4. ^ Lafleur, Michael (June 25, 2006). "In Cambridge, Healy stands test of time". The Sun.
  5. ^ 2009 Election Results Archived December 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 2011 Election Results Archived December 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Lowell Sun: Obituary
Political offices
Preceded by
Rita Mercier
83rd Mayor of
Lowell, Massachusetts

January 2004—January 2006
Succeeded by
William F. Martin
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