Andover voters will go to the polls today, Thursday, Sept. 6, to select their parties’ candidates for the general election in November.
Thursday is an unusual day for holding elections, which most often occur on Tuesdays. The originally selected date for the Massachusetts primary was Tuesday, Sept. 18, but that conflicts with the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. This will be the first Thursday primary in Massachusetts since 1988. The fact that it occurs on the first day of school may provide some problems for voters arriving at the polls during the early morning and afternoon, when buses are picking up high school students.
Despite the unusual day, there are plenty of reasons to get out and vote in the primary Sept. 6. There are contests to choose a Republican challenger for 3rd District Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who still represents most of Andover after redistricting earlier this year. Democrats also will chose their candidates in the general election for Governor’s Council and Register of Deeds.
But the local election of most interest will decide which member of the GOP will face Democratic incumbent Barry Finegold to be Andover’s next state senator. The Republicans running for state senate are current state Rep. Paul Adams and current Selectman Alex Vispoli.
We support Alex Vispoli, who has shown an ability to challenge government growth, tackle long-term projects, offer specific solutions, listen to residents and work with people of different opinions.
The main thrust of Vispoli’s campaign has been that Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley must be better places for people to do business. Vispoli says he will support efforts to help the state be more supportive of businesses to help stop the brain drain that is seeing college graduates leave Massachusetts for jobs elsewhere. As a selectman he has shown that he will focus on helping businesses. He’s been intimately involved in the minutia of inching forward with the plan to bring another Interstate-93 interchange to Andover, a once-in-a-generation project that would open up hundreds of acres to development right by the highway and expand Andover’s business tax base. As selectman, he also has helped create the town’s Economic Development Council, which has provided a greater connection between town government and local business leaders, in an effort to help preserve, grow and recruit companies to Andover.