NORTH ANDOVER — The lone contested race in the March 30 town election pits an incumbent selectman against a perennial challenger for public office.
This is the third time Rosemary Smedile and Joe Edward Smith will face off for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. Voters will elect one candidate to a three-year term.
Smedile, 54, of Greene Street, is seeking re-election to a fourth term. She owns a local real estate firm and previously served on the North Andover Finance Committee for four years.
As a selectman, Smedile said she has helped the town avoid drastic cuts to services and staff by pushing for long-term financial planning in recent years.
"This is no time for someone to be learning," said Smedile. "We need aggressive action to maintain the services people expect."
Smith, 65, of Edgelawn Avenue, is making his 10th consecutive bid for selectman. A civil engineer with the state for more than three decades, he is an Army veteran and active member of a labor union.
He served on the North Andover zoning board in 2004 and is a member of the town's Disability Commission.
"I believe in lower property tax," said Smith. "I believe in more controlled spending and I believe in open and honest government."
There also are two uncontested races on the ballot this year.
Incumbent School Committee Vice Chairwoman Christine Allen of Belmont Street is running for re-election to a three-year term.
Incumbent North Andover Housing Authority member John Driscoll of Parker Street is running for re-election to a five-year term.
Voters will cast ballots at North Andover High School, 430 Chickering Road. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Today is the last day to register to vote.
The town clerk's office, 120 Main St., will be open until 8 p.m.