By Dustin Luca
---- — ANDOVER — Nomination papers are now available for candidates looking to run in March’s town elections.
Seven seats are opening up in the election, including two each on the Board of Selectmen and School Committee. One seat is available on the Housing Authority and Trustees of the Punchard Free School. The town’s moderator seat, elected annually, is also open.
The elections will be held on March 26. The deadline to file papers by is Feb. 5, according to Town Clerk Larry Murphy.
The two Board of Selectmen seats are for three-year terms. Members Paul Salafia, elected to his first two-year term in 2011, and Alex Vispoli, elected to his third term in 2010, are currently in the seats.
The two seats on the School Committee are also for three years. They’re currently occupied by Paula Colby-Clements, who won her first term on the committee in 2010, and Dick Collins, who has served for five consecutive terms.
The moderator seat is currently held by Sheila Doherty, who has held the position since 2007 after her father, the late James Doherty, held it for 29 years.
The lone Housing Authority seat is occupied by Janice Burkholder. The seat is for five years.
The only Trustees of Punchard Free School seat, slated for a three-year term, is occupied by John Atchinson Jr. The Trustees of Punchard Free School works with pastors at South Church, Christ Church and West Parish Church to distribute money from an 1850 donation of $50,000 to fund special projects and prizes at the high school.
For more information and to pull nomination papers to run, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 623-8255 or visit the Town Offices at 36 Bartlet Street.