Candidates for North Andover Selectmen

Tracy Watson

Watson says she has spent sixteen (16) years professionally managing virtual “mini” towns and communities, “which has afforded me the opportunity to develop and administer multi-million dollar operational and capital budgets while also being responsible for multi-millions of dollars in physical assets.”

Watson has managed dozens of employees at all service and professional levels and has worked directly with disparate government agencies as well as private sector entities. “I have also spent the last six (6) years as a college level instructor at the Community and Professional Development Center for Northern Essex Community College.”

 “I have been active in numerous community activities and currently still am. I am an active member of the town’s Housing Partnership Committee as well as the School Committee’s Facilities Review Subcommittee.  I am also a past-appointed member of the N. Andover Housing Authority. I feel that my professional experiences as well as my strong connection to our community will allow me to bring the right voice capable of making the right choices to the Board of Selectmen.

Although there are numerous reasons as to why I am seeking election to the Board of Selectmen the most important one I feel is very simply my son Cameron. My parents always taught me the value of community and I want to give that lesson through my own actions to my son as well.” 
Some of the issues Watson addressed during last week’s debate were: commercial growth, particularly along the corridors of Rtes. 125 & 114. Revital-izing downtown “to make sure that we strengthen and sustain its role as the busi-ness, civic, social and governmental cen-ter of North Andover.” Building an ap-propriate facility for the early childhood mandated program. Planning for a Town Charter Review. And finally tax classifi-cation that treats homeowner’s fairly. It is time to look at all options in this process.

Rick Nardella

Rick Nardella announced his candidacy for Selectmen saying that, “Account-ability and strong leadership are required to resolve many of the issues facing North Andover and I will provide both while serving on the Board of Selectmen”. A long-time resident, Mardella is well known as Chairman and member of the Planning Board. “My background is finance and accounting and I have been a CFO/Controller of a public company and several service companies. I possess a strong management, financial, and systems background.  Documenting, assessing, and providing adequate controls is my profession. In a word, “accountability.”

“I am a decision maker, forward thinking problem solver, dedicated and committed to any task I undertake,” he added. Nardella and his wife Mary reside on Haymeadow Road where they raised their three daughters, all graduates of North Andover public schools. Their children attended the Kittredge and Franklin, elementary schools, the Middle School and the High School. 

“Mary and I both appreciated the edu-cation our children received. I know that quality communities have quality schools.  As a Selectmen, the best thing I can do for the N. Andover schools is help solve our current financial crisis by increasing planned commercial development and narrowing the gap between our revenue and expenses. This will benefit all town services and help us recruit a top-notch Superintendent of Schools.”

Over the last twenty years he has dedicated much of his free time to the Town and helped shape the town’s residential and commercial development through his eighteen years of continuous involvement with the Planning Board. As the current Chairman he notes that, “We are working on many important initiatives to increase the town’s commercial base and provide new sources of revenue. We encourage good development and attempt to mitigate the effect of forced development. One example is the successful effort to bring smart growth zoning to the former Lucent property.”

“Demanding and practicing accountability from one’s self and others, while making tough decisions today, will allow us to better deal with tomorrow’s challenges and make North Andover a better town,” promised Nardella.

Nardella works as a Compliance Manager controlling and mitigating financial risk.   He received a bachelor’s degree in Management from Suffolk University.

Joe Smith

Joe Smith has been a resident of North Andover since 1977. He is a State Principal Civil Engineer, Director and Steward with the State Engineer’s Union (MOSES).
He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Lowell Tech University and an A.S. in civil engineering from Franklin Institute of Boston.

He has sat on the North Andover Zoning Board of Appeals and the Zoning Task Force. His public service includes being a USA Army Veteran, Commander of the American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus, St. Michael’s Usher, Choir and Eucharistic Minister.

He is a member of the N.A. Rotary Club, a volunteer of the Franklin School’s 5th grade chess club and treasurer/trustee of Heritage Green Condos. Joe’s issues include attracting environmentally friendly businesses, smart growth planning, lobbying for a larger return of our tax dollars, exploring creative solutions for affordable housing and ensuring equitable funding for education and special education. 

Don Stewart

Stewart is a former Selectman who served more than 18 years on the board until he was deposed two years ago by North Andover Police Officer Dan Lanen. He then ran for School Committee last year and was defeated and is now seeking to return to the Board of Selectmen. Stewart says he has only supported one override in the years he spent on the board and promised during a recent debate that he will personally sue the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to start paying for “unfunded mandates.” Stewart owns his own painting business in town and considers himself a fiscal conservative.  


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