School Committee Chairman Dennis Forgue is making good on a promise to step down at the end of his second term next spring.
Forgue this week announced that he will not be seeking re-election to a third, three-year term on the committee.
In a letter to the Andover Townsman (see Opinion, page 11), Forgue said that his decision stems from a commitment he made in 2008 when he first ran for office.
“I had committed myself, with my family’s support, to serving two terms if the townspeople were willing to re-elect me,” Forgue said.
Forgue, when contacted, said turnaround on committees is “a healthy event,” one that he encourages.
“I do think it’s good to have turnover on committees, fresh ideas,” he said. “I always felt that.”
While saying the biggest factors in his decision were commitments to his family and his executive recruiting business, Forgue added that something like serving on the School Committee “does take some considerable time.”
“It was really not a hard decision at the end of the day,” he said. However, he added he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of running for public office again in the future.
Forgue encouraged anyone contemplating a bid for School Committee or any other elected town office to seek out his input.
“I ran in two contested elections,” he said. “You learn a lot in doing that, so if anybody has questions or would like to chat about running on a local campaign or what it’s like being on the School Committee, I’d be happy to chat with anybody and give them my perspective.”
Forgue’s decision clears the way for a newcomer to claim the lone three-year seat up for grabs on the School Committee in the March 25 town election.
Nomination papers for all town offices up for election are now available from the town clerk’s office inside the Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St. Candidates must return completed forms by Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. to guarantee placement on the ballot.