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Oberto Pulls Papers for Selectman Run

The former State Senate candidate is trying for local office.

A familiar face is returning to politics locally.

Jodi Oberto, who ran for State Sen. Susan Tucker's seat in 2010 but lost to current Sen. Barry Finegold, has pulled papers to run for the Board of Selectmen in the March 25 local election.

"I've run for office before and I just felt the drive to go back," Oberto said.

She's not running on any single issue, but rather on "being a part in helping hopefully improve the town and keep the town as great as it is."

Oberto, a manufacturing sales representative, has two daughters in the Andover school system.

Oberto isn't the only former Beacon Hill candidate in this race. Banking industry executive Kevin Cuff, a 2012 candidate in the Essex 17th District state representative race, has also pulled papers to run for selectman.

What does Oberto hope to add to the Board of Selectmen?

"I hope another female perspective and a fresh pair of eyes, new ideas and working with town folks to get their ideas too," she said.

If Oberto wins, she could actually be the only female perspective on the board. Selectman Mary Lyman recently announced she will not seek reelection.

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