Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 9, 2014

Lyman to bow out

Selectman won't seek fifth term

After a 12-year run on the Board of Selectmen, Mary Lyman announced this week it’s time for her to move on.

Lyman, 53, of 50 School St., announced Monday night that she won’t be a candidate for re-election in March.

She had initially planned to seek another term, but said she had a change of heart over the weekend.

“I have a new boss, and I just realized, it’s going to be too much to juggle,” said Lyman, who has three sons with her husband, James. “I decided to try to make things a little simpler in my life and this is what had to go. I just can’t do this.”

She told selectmen at Monday night’s meeting, “It’s been a long run.”

As of Tuesday, no one had pulled papers for what is now an open, three-year seat on the board. A vacancy also exists on the School Committee, as Chairman Dennis Forgue announced recently that he, too, would not be seeking re-election. Candidates have until Feb. 4 to file nomination papers with the town clerk’s office.

Selectmen said they would miss Lyman’s service to the town.

“We’ve worked on many subcommittees, and tempers have been raised,” Chairman Alex Vispoli said.

“I’m not a pushover,” Lyman said, chuckling.

Vispoli went on to call Lyman’s service “unparalleled. The behind-the-scenes work, you’re always prepared for meetings. I’m just glad you’re here for the next budget cycle.”

Selectman Dan Kowalski said he was “truly disappointed” to hear Lyman was leaving. “We all bring unique perspectives to the board,” he said.

Selectman Brian Major echoed that sentiment, adding, “It’s been a pleasure working with you.”

In an interview with The Andover Townsman just prior to her formal announcement, Lyman said she will miss the work that she’s been able to do, especially with the elderly and disabled, but won’t miss the long meetings.

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