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Merrimack Valley

March 24, 2013

School Committee only contested race

NORTH ANDOVER — Two newcomers are vying for an open School Committee seat in Tuesday’s election, with a 19-year-old not far removed from being in high school up against a mother with two young girls in the school system.

Mark Mezzina, 19, and Zora Warren, 38, will bring different perspectives to the School Committee when one or the other succeeds Christine Allen, who decided in January not to seek a third, three-year term.

“I think it’s good to have as many different perspectives on the School Committee as possible,” Mezzina said Friday. “Mine’s different and unique, but I think it would add to the discussion. I don’t want everyone to have same voice, same opinion. You need a student. Coming from a different perspective as the rest of the School Committee members, I think that would add value to the School Committee.”

Mezzina is a 2011 graduate of Austin Preparatory School. He attended Covenant Christian Academy in Peabody during his middle school years. Before that, he was home-schooled. In the fall, he attended the University of South Carolina, but transferred to the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

He has three sisters in North Andover public schools.

Last summer, he worked on former School Committee member Karin Rhoton’s effort to win a seat in the state House of Representatives. Rhoton, a Republican, lost in the general election to Methuen Democrat Diana DiZoglio.

Warren, the mother of two daughters, said a parent’s and a former teacher’s point of view is important for the committee.

“I bring to the table a variety of perspectives, teacher, parent, member of the community, taxpayer,” she said. “If elected to the School Committee, I’d be the only member who comes at it with an educational background, which I think adds value to the a variety of perspectives already on the School Committee.”

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