Five residents will compete for two selectmen seats in March, and no one will oppose the two incumbents up for reelection on the School Committee.
The window to run for office closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Residents will vote on March 27.
SELECTMEN: 2 SEATS FOR 3 YEARS
Only one of the five residents signed up to compete for the Board of Selectmen this spring is an incumbent: Brian Major, current chairman. Selectman Ted Teichert recently announced he wasn't going to run for another term, ending his 12 years on the board.
Running for Teichert's empty seat, and also against Major for his seat, are Larry Bruce of 254 Chandler Road, Ann Cobleigh of 21 Magnolia Ave., Dan Kowalski of 24 Enfield Drive and Paul L.D. Russell Jr. of 2 Pine Cone Lane.
Both Bruce and Kowalski return to the ballot after competing for an open two-year seat on the board last March, which was won by Selectman Paul Salafia. In that contest, Salafia had 935 votes, Kowalski had 711 votes and Bruce had 260 votes.
Resident Bob Pokress pulled nomination papers for the seat but later decided not to run.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: SEATS FOR 3 YEARS
Five residents pulled nomination papers for the two School Committee seats facing election, but only two of those prospective candidates returned them: incumbents David Birnbach and Annie Gilbert, the current chairwoman.
The following residents also pulled nomination papers but did not return them by 5 p.m. Tuesday: Joann Gantz-Bendetson of 87 Sunset Rock Road, Alexander Macheras of 266 Chandler Road and Pokress.
Macheras, a Boston College student who just turned 22 at the end of January, said he decided to not run after pulling papers. He said for the time being, he planned on keeping his college education as his No. 1 priority, and that in the future "I'm going to have a lot of chances to go for it."
MODERATOR: NO ONE OPPOSING DOHERTY
Incumbent Moderator Sheila Doherty will run unopposed again. Initially, Bruce also was considering a bid for moderator, but he later decided to run only for the Board of Selectmen.
Had Bruce run, this would have been the first time Doherty faced an opponent since 2007, when she and four other residents competed for the seat. Doherty replaced her father, the late James Doherty, who served as town moderator for 29 years.
STAGGERED TERMS FOR PUNCHARD FREE SCHOOL TRUSTEES
While the town previously elected five members to the board every three years, all in one election, this year the seats will be staggered throughout two three-year seats, two two-year seats and a single one-year seat.
Incumbents Earl Efinger, of 5 Iceland Road and Eric Stubenhaus, of 8 Enfield Drive, are on the ballot for the three-year seats. Incumbent John Atchinson Jr. of 8 Sutherland Street is vying for the one-year seat.
Replacing Donna Ellsworth and Deborah Moskal, who are both trustees and not running for election this year, are Donald Schroeder of 204 Haggetts Pond Road and Jim Sutton of 14 Farrwood Drive.
GREATER LAWRENCE REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE
Marilyn Fitzgerald, of 25 Washington Ave. and the Andover High swim and dive team coach, currently represents Andover on the Greater Lawrence Regional School Committee, and she runs unopposed in this year's election.