Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 1, 2012

Disagreement on Lantigua, ballot questions in 17th Essex race

Widely divergent approaches from rep. candidates Cuff, Moran

Candidates Frank Moran and Kevin Cuff will be on the ballot looking to become the state representative for the new 17th Essex district.

Because Andover was significantly redistricted prior to this election, many Andover voters will be voting in a different race than they have previously. Voters in current Andover precincts 2,3 and 4 will vote in this race between Cuff of Andover and Moran of Lawrence.


CANDIDATE 1: Kevin M. Cuff

Political party: Un-enrolled

Address: 265 Beacon St., Andover

Age: 48

Nuclear family: Wife Megan; 9-year-old daughter Hannah, a fourth-grader for the fightin’ Tigers of West El; and the legendary Guinness Dog

Current job: Executive director for a national trade association interpreting and implementing national banking and financial services regulatory and statutory reform. I have 25 years of experience in state and federal legislative and regulatory affairs.

CANDIDATE 2: Frank A. Moran

Political party: Democrat

Address: 38 Dartmouth st. Lawrence

Age: 42

Nuclear family: Married 21 years to Wanda (high school sweetheart); two children, Frank Jr. and Yahaira

Current job: Broker/owner of Moran Realty Group.



[Candidates were given a total of 150 words to further explain one or more of their answers]

Do you support Question 1, the so-called Right to Repair bill?

Cuff: NO. More accurately, “skip the question.” This summer, the Legislature passed and the governor signed a solution satisfactory to both sides.

Moran: YES. This allows for individuals who are comfortable with the personal mechanics to do their own work. It will also keep cost down by creating competition for lower prices to the consumer.

Do you support Question 2, the so-called “Death with Dignity” act?

Cuff: YES.

Moran: NO. It is still too premature for folks to be at home without proper medical supervision in case something unexpected happens. I do believe that we should look at the current hospice situation and see if we can improve or incorporate there some of the thoughts regarding “Death with Dignity.”

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