ANDOVER — Three-term Selectman Alexander Vispoli will run for the Republican nomination to challenge state Sen. Barry Finegold in November, joining a small field for the GOP nod that so far includes only freshman state Rep. Paul Adams.
Vispoli, 54, said he would formally declare his candidacy over the next few weeks and declined yesterday to discuss it in detail or identify the issues that will shape his candidacy, except to say he wants to "take my experience and energy to Beacon Hill."
On the Board of Selectmen, Vispoli recently helped organize a task force to protect Andover's interests as the state builds a new I-93 interchange in south Andover, and he helped lead the effort to hire a the town's first full-time information technology officer. He chaired the Board of Selectmen in 2007, 2010 and 2011, and also is a member of the Governor's Local Government Advisory Commission.
Vispoli topped the field of three selectmen candidates in 2010 when he ran for his third term. He would not have to give up his seat on the board run for the Senate.
As he retools his campaign committee to run for the Senate in the Second Essex and Middlesex District — which besides Andover is comprised of Lawrence, Dracut and Tewksbury — Vispoli faces at least one formidable hurdle: the committee is all but broke.
He has only about $500 on hand, compared to the $34,464 Adams had in his bank account and the $95,856 Finegold had in his when the last campaign finance disclosure forms were filed Dec. 31.
Finegold represented the 17th Essex House District until he was elected to the Senate in 2010, when Adams succeeded him to the seat. Both men, like Vispoli, are from Andover.
Vispoli is vice president for sales at Integrated Communications and Technologies, a Malden company that rebuilds and resells computer systems. He is married with four children.
Senate candidates have until May 1 to file nominating petitions with 300 valid signatures.
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