EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 24, 2014

North Andover, Andover voters head to polls tomorrow

By Paul Tennant

---- — Voters in North Andover and Andover will elect selectmen and school board members tomorrow.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in both towns. North Andover voters will cast their ballots at North Andover High School, while Andover voters will perform their civic duty at Andover High School.

Both towns have contested races for selectman, with Andover having the more spirited contest. Jodi Oberto, a manufacturing sales representative, and Mary O’Donoghue, a local Realtor, are vying for the seat being vacated by longtime Andover Selectman Mary Lyman.

Oberto has said O’Donoghue is part of the “old boys’ network” that has brought about overspending and high taxes. O’Donoghue, who has served on the Finance Committee for 12 years, said her experience on that panel will be beneficial to the town if she is elected to the 3-year position.

Veteran Selectmen Donald Stewart and Tracy Watson are seeking re-election in North Andover. They are opposed by a political newcomer, Adam Sapienza.

Stewart, a retired painting contractor, has served six 3-year terms on the board. Watson, senior property manager for Wood Ridge Homes on Waverly Road, is running for her third term.

Sapienza said he is not trying to “knock off” Stewart or Watson. When the three candidates spoke at the League of Women Voters candidates’ forum earlier this month, the tone was friendly and agreeable.

Both towns have unopposed races for their school committees. In North Andover, School Committee Chairman Stanley Limpert, a retired engineer, is seeking his third 3-year term on the board. Brian Gross, a scientist for Philips Healthcare, is running for his second term.

Joel Blumstein, a senior attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency, is running for the 3-year seat being vacated by Andover School Committee Chairman Dennis Forgue, who has served a couple of terms. Blumstein has served on the School Improvement Council.

The only other contest on the North Andover ballot is for a seat on the Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee. Frank Rossi Jr. is running unopposed for a second 3-year term.

Andover has three contests with unopposed candidates. Moderator Sheila Doherty and two trustees of the Punchard Free School, Donald Schroeder and James Sutton, are seeking re-election.

Jack O’Donohue is running for a 5-year term on the Andover Housing Authority.