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Merrimack Valley

January 20, 2014

Watson says she's running; only one contested race so far

NORTH ANDOVER — Selectman Tracy Watson said she is running for a third term on the town’s governing board.

She took out nomination papers several weeks ago, but some local observers wondered if she might be having second thoughts about running for another term because she hasn’t returned the papers to the town clerk’s office.

Watson told The Eagle-Tribune last week she will seek another 3-year term. She said she expected to return file the papers soon.

Watson is the property manager for Wood Ridge Homes on Waverly Road.

Selectman Donald Stewart, who is also up for re-election this year, returned his signed nomination papers in November. A retired painting contractor, he has served on the board for nearly 18 years.

There will likely be a contest for the two selectman seats that are up for re-election this year. Adam Sapienza, education director for Smolak Farms, has taken out papers for the seat.

Although he hasn’t filed his papers yet, he recently said he’s in the race.

So far, incumbents Stanley Limpert and Brian Gross are the only ones who have taken out papers for the two School Committee seats that are up for re-election. Limpert returned his papers, but Gross had yet to do so as of yesterday.

School Committee terms are for three years.

Frank Rossi Jr., who represents North Andover on the Greater Lawrence Technical School Committee, has already turned in his papers for re-election to another 3-year term. He’s currently the only candidate for that seat.

The town election will take place March 25. Voters in all eight precincts cast ballots at North Andover High School.

Candidates have until Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. to obtain nomination papers. The papers, signed by at least 50 North Andover voters, must be submitted to the Board of Registrars by Feb. 4.

The last day to register to vote in the town election is March 5. The town clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day to register new voters.

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