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Merrimack Valley

January 22, 2014

More candidates gear up for Andover's March 25 election

ANDOVER — As the temperature drops, campaign season is heating up as more candidates are poised to run for office in the March 25 election.

Yesterday morning, Jodi Oberto, 46, of 11 Hartford Circle, pulled nomination papers to run for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen.

Oberto, who last ran unsuccessfully for state senate in 2010, is a sales representative for BPC Products Inc., a manufacturing company she owns with her husband, John. They have two daughters in local schools.

Oberto moved to Andover in 1995 after she and her husband got married. She is originally from Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School.

If she turns in the required 50 signatures by the Feb. 4 deadline, she could face off against Kevin Cuff, 49, of 265 Beacon St., who pulled nomination papers for Selectman earlier this month. Cuff ran unsuccessfully last fall as an Independent for state representative but lost to former Lawrence City Council President Frank Moran.

Oberto said she is running for selectman because the timing is right and because she wants to contribute to solving the town’s problems.

“We have to keep costs under control,” Oberto said. “We are all feeling the same pressure — financial and otherwise. I’d like to be a part of helping us through that if I can.”

They will both be vying for the seat which will be left vacant by Mary Lyman, who recently announced she is not running for re-election as a member of the Board of Selectmen.

Meanwhile, a candidate has pulled nomination papers for School Committee.

A retired senior lawyer with the Environmental Protection Agency and father of two has emerged as a potential School Committee candidate in this spring’s elections.

Joel Blumstein, 60, of 3 Athena Circle, a retired senior lawyer with the Environmental Protection Agency and father of two, plans to pursue the seat being vacated by two-term Chairman Dennis Forgue.

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