Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 20, 2014

Town election fires up

Oberto, O'Donoghue trade barbs in race for selectman's seat

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Age: 57

Address: 69 Salem St.

Personal: Married to husband, Geoffrey; two grown children

Professional: Realtor with William Raveis, Andover

Political/civic experience: Finance Committee member, 12 years, two as vice-chairman; on several committees and task forces, including the Youth Center Task Force, Bancroft School Task Force and as liaison to the School Building Committee

Key issues: Property taxes and town/school hiring. Wants town to stop taxing to the levy limit, to allow for immediate savings in their property tax bills. She also wants town and school departments to stop hiring new staff. “Over 70 percent of the budget is personnel, health and retirement benefits. That’s the nut to crack.”

JODI OBERTO

Age: 46

Address: 11 Hartford Circle

Personal: Married to husband John; two children in Andover public schools

Professional: Sales representative for manufacturing firm

Political/civic experience: Ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2010 as an Independent

Key issues: Give senior citizens a tax break. “They don’t have children in schools. They’ve done their part. They’ve paid their fair share. We should do anything we can do to reduce their burden to make their lives easier.” Simplify approach to difficult problems, like what to do with the Town Yard. “Do we need to spend $4 gazillion dollars or can we keep it simple and make it work? Like the saying goes, ‘Keep It Simple Stupid.’”

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