By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER – The 2013 local election season has yet to rev up.
So far, only two residents have taken out nomination papers for the March 26 election. Mark Mezzina, who has completed his freshman year at the University of South Carolina, obtained papers to run for School Committee last week and he said he’s definitely in the race for a three-year term.
School Committee member Christine Allen, who has served two terms on the board, has taken out papers but she said Tuesday night she has not officially declared her candidacy.
Most local political observers expect veteran Selectman Rosemary Connelly Smedile to seek another term, but she has not yet picked up nomination papers. Before making a commitment to run for another three-year term, she will discuss the matter with her family, she said.
Voters will also elect a North Andover Housing Authority board member. Mary Beth Soucy holds the seat that’s up for re-election this spring. The term is for five years.
Residents have until Feb. 1 to pick up nomination papers in the town clerk’s office at Town Hall. The signed nomination papers must be filed with the clerk’s office by Feb. 5 for a resident to have his or her name on the ballot. A candidate must present at least 50 valid signatures from North Andover voters. Questions about local election procedures may be addressed to Town Clerk Joyce Bradshaw or her staff at 978-688-9501.
The last day to register to vote in the town election is March 6. The town clerk’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day.