VALLEY PATRIOT EXCLUSIVE
By: Tom Duggan – October, 2007
NORTH ANDOVER – Tracy Watson has announced to The Valley Patriot that she will run for the Board of Selectman this March. There are two open seats for Selectmen this coming election with the announcements from Selectmen Licciardello and Xenakis of their intentions not to run for re-election.
Watson is 39 years old, married with one son, and is a lifelong resident of North Andover. Watson graduated from North Andover High School in 1986 and then from Salem State College in 1991. Tracy has over 15 years experience in the housing industry and is a property manager and professor at Northern Essex Community College.
Tracy became familiar to the North Andover community when she was appointed by the Board of Selectmen to fill the vacancy on the North Andover Housing Authority Board. With the passing of Bill McEvoy, there became a vacancy on the Board and the Board of Selectmen voted was 5-0 in November 2006 for Tracy to fill the term.
The term ended in March of 2007 and Tracy ran for the position, but lost the election to John Driscoll. Tracy is now running for Selectman and has been involved in the process of getting signatures to place the creation of a Charter Commission on the ballot.
Tracy supports the creation of a Charter Commission to look at options for North Andover and its form of government and whether or not the Charter should be changed.