ANDOVER — A familiar name in state-level politics pulled, filed, and had certified nomination papers to run for School Committee yesterday, just in the window of a few hours.
March’s town elections will feature two contested races: the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee. Both races, for two seats each, have three residents in the campaign spotlight.
Each race also has one person who didn’t make the deadline to file nomination papers.
Making it on the ballot at the last minute was Barbara L’Italien, a four-term state Representative who has lost bids office in both 2010 and 2012.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Select two, for three years
With the recent announcement that schools veteran Dick Collins was not running after 54 years of service to the town, Chestnut Street resident Paula Colby-Clements, the committee’s current chair, stood as the only incumbent.
Three residents then moved to pull nomination papers to run, but only two got them in prior to the deadline yesterday afternoon.
Of them, Brook Street resident Sal Tabit, who ran for state office in 1998 and 2010, joins L’Italien as challenger to Colby-Clements. L’Italien, who had 71 signatures certified Tuesday with four more pages not yet processed, collected her signatures in a window of a few hours, she said.
Avon Street resident Don Gottfried, who ran for the School Committee last year, pulled nomination papers but didn’t return them in time.
BOARD OF SELECTMEN: Select two, for three years.
Both men who’s terms on the board end in March are running for re-election, and they’re joined by a third who is a familiar town critic.
South Main Street resident Paul Salafia, the board’s current chair, returns for his second term in office after winning a two-year seat in 2011. Salafia’s term was the remainder of Jerry Stabile’s, who received the second most votes for the Board of Selectmen in 2010. Before running for Selectmen, Salafia also served six straight terms on the Planning Board.