Salafia, Vispoli reelected as selectmen

Incumbents Paul J. Salafia of South Main Street and Alex J. Vispoli of Alison Way were reelected to the Board of Selectmen after besting challenger Larry Bruce of Chandler Road in the March 26 town election. When the ballots were tallied, Vispoli emerged as the top vote-getter, with 844 ; Salafia captured 647 votes; and Bruce received 305. The Board of Selectmen was the only contested race in this year’s election. Sheila M. Doherty of Juniper Road was reelected as town moderator; Janice Burkholder of Arundel Street was reelected to the Andover Housing Authority; and Randall L. Hanson of Pasho Street secured a three-year term on the Trustees of the Punchard Free School. In addition, Paula M. Colby-Clements of Chestnut Street and former state representative Barbara A. L’Italien were elected to fill two open seats on the School Committee. Voter turnout was very low. About 4.6 percent of the town’s 22,862 registered voters went to the polls, according to town clerk Lawrence J. Murphy. In all, 1,056 ballots were cast, he reported.