By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A political newcomer has assured that the March 25 town election will not be a ho-hum affair, where everyone whose name is on the ballot automatically gets elected.
Adam Sapienza, 27, head of festivals for Smolak Farms, took out nomination papers for selectman a few weeks ago and told The Eagle-Tribune yesterday he’s definitely in the race. He said he will return his papers to the town clerk’s office before the deadline, Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Sapienza is running against two incumbents, Donald Stewart and Tracy Watson. Stewart filed his nomination papers back in November, while Watson said she will turn in hers before the deadline.
Stewart has served as a selectman for nearly 18 years. Watson is running for her third three-year term.
“I love the town of North Andover dearly,” Sapienza said. “I felt called to give back.”
He had been thinking about running for selectman for quite a while before obtaining the nomination papers, he said.
“I’m not picking a fight,” he said, when asked if he was trying to oust Watson or Stewart. A public official, he said, should be “cognizant of what the people want.”
“I believe in democracy,” he said.
Sapienza graduated from Point Park University with a degree in theater arts in 2009.
“Everything I do I want to give 100 percent,” he said.
Voters will also be electing two members of the School Committee. Stanley Limpert and Brian Gross are both seeking re-election to three-year terms and have turned in their nomination papers with the signatures of at least 50 North Andover voters.
So far, Limpert and Gross are unopposed — but candidates have until 5 p.m. today to obtain nomination papers at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall. Frank Rossi Jr., North Andover’s representative on the Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee, has turned in his papers for another three-year term and so far, he too is unopposed.