By a wide margin, local Realtor and longtime Finance Committee member Mary O’Donoghue on Tuesday defeated her opponent, Jodi Oberto, in the race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen.
O’Donoghue took 941 votes to Oberto’s 309. O’Donoghue, who won in all nine precincts, got 76 percent of the vote.
“I’m very happy,” said O’Donoghue, who hosted an election night party for campaign volunteers, family and friends at the home she and her husband, Geoff, own at 69 Salem St. “We worked very hard, had a good campaign.”
She said that during the campaign she heard from a lot of people that the town has to “rein in spending. That is the bottom line.”
“This is a fiscally challenging time,” she said. “The big issue is our spending. We have to address that immediately.” She said that even though the budget season is well underway, spending proposals aren’t set in concrete until May Town Meeting, so there is still time for her to have an impact on the final budget.
“Only Town Meeting can authorize spending,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of being on the Board of Selectmen.”
While O’Donoghue spent the day — from 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. — holding campaign signs with supporters at the entrance to the Andover High School field house, her opponent took a low-key approach to election day.
“I did a little sign-holding, but I was trying to keep it a normal day and keep myself busy,” Oberto said. “I worked on a church project.”
She didn’t find out the results until called by a reporter from The Andover Townsman at around 9:15 p.m.
“It’s not a surprise,” she said when she heard the final tally. “I know she had a lot of support from folks. She worked hard. I wish her well and hope she does a good job with the rest of the board.”