EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 7, 2014

Just one contested race for N. Andover voters

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — The deadline for filing signatures has come and gone and North Andover voters will have only one contested race to decide March 25.

Three candidates are running for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Donald Stewart and Tracy Watson are seeking re-election while Adam Sapienza hopes to win a seat on the town’s governing board.

Stewart, a retired painting contractor, has served on the board for 18 years. Watson, a property manager for Wood Ridge Homes on Waverly Road, is running for her third three-year term.

Sapienza, head of festivals for Smolak Farms, is running for political office for the first time.

School Committee members Stanley Limpert and Brian Gross are unopposed for 3-year terms. Limpert, a retired engineer, is running for a third term while Gross, a scientist, is seeking a second term.

Also running without opposition is Frank Rossi Jr., who represents North Andover on the Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee. Rossi is running for a second three-year term.

So why is there only one real race this year?

“It usually means people are pretty well pleased with what’s going on in the town,” said selectmen Chairwoman Rosemary Connelly Smedile, who herself ran without an opponent last year.

Smedile also pointed out that serving as a selectman or School Committee member entails many hours of work and making “tough decisions that sometimes your friends and neighbors might not be happy with.”