Albuquerque pulls papers for Board of Selectmen

Photo Courtesy of Joe AlbuquerqueAndover resident Joe Albuquerque pulled papers Jan. 19 to run for a seat on the Board of Selectmen this spring. 

 Joe Albuquerque became the third candidate for the Board of Selectmen when he pulled papers to run for the position Jan. 19.

Albuquerque, who lives at 197 Greenwood Road, has been involved in town proceedings for several years and has submitted multiple articles for Town Meetings, including articles nine and 10 for the upcoming Jan. 29 Special Town Meeting.

Article nine seeks to put all public records from the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, and the Conservation Commission on the town website, www.andoverma.gov. Article 10 asks voters to prohibit the allocation of funds toward post closure use of the Ledge Road landfill site without another Town Meeting vote. 

"I have been engaged in town leadership, the selectmen, the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission, for the past several years," Albuquerque said, though he has never sat on a board in Andover town government.

"I'm really excited," Albuquerque said. "I believe in a common-sense approach to spending and funding capital projects, while balancing the needs of our residents and taxpayers. I have spoken to many residents who have urged me to consider running for office as they, like myself, are tired of the status quo and want things to improve. I am not afraid to challenge the status quo and I will be an outspoken advocate for residents and taxpayers in town."

Albuquerque says the Board of Selectmen could benefit from someone new to Andover's political scene, and that if elected he would hope to foster collaboration and transparency on the board. 

"It's more important now than ever to have greater transparency regarding town finances," Albuquerque said in reference to several multi-million dollar projects underway in town, as well as looming structural deficits.

"As we all know, our residential taxes were increased by the town recently," he said.

Albuquerque is the director of Strategic Operations at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Before his work in healthcare, he was an engineer for the Boston Central Artery Tunnel Project. 

"Given my skills and background, I believe I can be well suited to serve as an effective selectman to tackle the issues in front of us," Albuquerque said. 

He said he enjoys using his engineering background to explain project plans, proposals and other materials to residents.

"I love working with our residents and all of the different neighborhoods," Albuquerque said. "I mentioned previously my background is varied and I believe that will help. I understand financial analysis and budgeting. I have been involved in space renovations, leases, contracts, and major organizational initiatives."

Albuquerque joins Annie Gilbert and Chris Huntress on the ballot for two seats that are opening this spring on the Board of Selectmen. Selectmen Bob Landry and Daniel Kowalski have decided not to run for re-election once their terms end.

Follow Kelsey Bode on Twitter @Kelsey_Bode.

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