NORTH ANDOVER — The 2014 fall election campaign is starting to gain momentum, now that local Democrats and Republicans have chosen delegates to the state conventions.
The Republicans elected their delegates Jan. 25 while the Democrats picked theirs Wednesday night.
The Republican Town Committee elected 29 delegates at a caucus held at the police station. Many of the GOP delegates have been prominent in North Andover’s political life, including Rosemary Connelly Smedile, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen; former state Rep. Donna Cuomo, Republican State Committeewoman Kimberly Incampo, former School Committee member Karin Rhoton, the GOP nominee for state representative in 2012, former Selectman Daniel Lanen, former Selectman Rick Nardella, and Mark Mezzina, a college student who ran for School Committee last year.
The other delegates elected were Republican Town Committee Chairman C.J. Gangi, Paul Gangi, Derik Rhoton, Edwin Tripp, Mary Nardella, Paul Craney, Laurene Belsito, Mike Quinlan, Lynne Quinlan, Daniel Connelly, Bradford Wakeman, Michael Cammarata, Charles Weber, Rachel Cuomo, Kelly Marie, James J. Connolly, James B. Connolly, Richard Mooradkanian, Helen Mooradkanian, Anthony Palmisano, Anselmo Tabit and Matthew Yadgood.
Alternates are Stephen Dawe and Pam Swarbrick.
Chairman Gangi, who will lead the North Andover delegation at the Republican State Convention, said he was pleased that the local delegates represent all age groups. The GOP convention will take place March 22 at the Agganis Arena in Boston.
The Democrats held their caucus Wednesday night at the Stevens Memorial Library. Any North Andover resident who was registered as a Democrat as of Jan. 31 was eligible to vote for convention delegates.
The Democrats elected six men and six women to attend their state convention, which will be held June 13 and 14 at the DCU Center in Worcester. The elected delegates include former state Rep. David Torrisi, former School Committee member Chris Allen and Walter Kirby, a longtime worker for Democratic candidates and causes.
Others elected were Michael Eagan, John Fouhy, Bryan Hanssen, George Koehler, Ann Blain, Jane Eagan, Diane Huster, Phyllis Jone and Karen Trowbridge. Tricia Melvin, chairwoman of the Democratic Town Committee, will attend the convention as an ex officio delegate.
Other ex officio delegates from North Andover include veteran Democratic State Committeeman Mark DiSalvo, Northern Essex Register of Deeds Paul Iannuccillo, and Phil DeCologero and Elaine Altman, who represent young people on the Democratic State Committee.
The alternate delegates are John McManus, Marsha McManus and Ellen Mosier.
The state conventions endorse candidates for statewide office, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of the commonwealth, attorney general, state treasurer, state auditor and U.S. senator. Candidates must receive at least 15 percent of the vote at the convention for their names to appear on the primary ballot in September.
On the GOP side, former state Administration and Finance Secretary Charlie Baker, the party’s gubernatorial nominee in 2010, is again running for governor. So far, he has one rival, Mark Fisher, a small business owner.
C.J. Gangi said most if not all of the North Andover delegates will probably back Baker.
State Treasurer Steven Grossman and Attorney General Martha Coakley are the main Democratic candidates for governor. Also running are Joseph Avellone, former chairman of the Wellesley Board of Selectmen; Donald Berwick, a health care administrator; and Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary of homeland security.
“It was a good caucus,” Melvin said. “All of our delegates are committed to Steve Grossman.”