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December 3, 2013

Vispoli announces bid for Finegold's State Senate seat

Vispoli mounting 2nd campaign for Finegold's seat

ANDOVER — As state Sen. Barry Finegold weighs his political future, one town official in his hometown of Andover is ready to wage a campaign for his seat next year.

Board of Selectmen Chairman and Republican candidate Alex Vispoli yesterday announced his plans to mount his second campaign for the Second Essex and Middlesex District seat that has been held by the Democratic Finegold since 2011. The district includes Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury.

Vispoli, a 56-year-old married father of four, is a three-term selectman in Andover, first winning election to the board in 2004. He has spent 25 years in the information technology business, currently serving as director of business development for an Andover-based technology company.

His announcement comes on the heels of last week’s news that the vice chairman of the Lawrence School Committee, Democrat Pavel Payano, is also eyeing a run for Finegold’s seat next year.

Payano told The Eagle-Tribune last week that he would consider running for Finegold’s seat if the incumbent decides to run for state treasurer. Finegold is widely considered to be a possible candidate for the state post.

But yesterday, Finegold declined to even hint at his plans. He said he hasn’t decided whether to seek re-election next year or whether he is interested in the treasurer’s job.

“(I have) not made any official announcements. I’m still considering it, but there isn’t any definite decisions,” Finegold said.

He did not rule out a run for state treasurer or a bid for a third term in the state Senate. He also didn’t give a timetable for when he would announce his plans.

“I’m giving it a hard look,” Finegold said. “It’s a decision I have to make and something I have to consider.”

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