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North Andover Votes: Your 2013 Election Guide

Head to the polls and make your voice heard.

North Andover residents will head to the polls today to cast their votes in the local election. Here's what you need to know for the election.

Where and When

North Andover voting will be at North Andover High School. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. If you are still in line at 8 p.m. you will still be allowed to vote.

Who's on the Ballot

The ballot this year is a little smaller than usual. Selectman Rosemary Smedile is running for reelection unopposed. And Mary Beth Soucy is running unopposed for a 5-year seat on the Housing Authority.

The race to watch -- and the only contested race this year -- is the one for the School Committee seat. School Committee member Chris Allen is not running for reelection, and Mark Mezzina and Zora Warren are running for that seat.

Mezzina recently moved home from South Carolina, where he had been attending college, and worked for Republican Karin Rhoton's campaign for state representative last fall. He's running on a platform of reform, transparency and diversity of viewpoints.

"I may be younger than most candidates for public office, but being a student myself, I have a unique perspective that not only helps me understand educational issues, but would add a voice to the School Committee that is critically important to making decisions, which is that of the students," Mezzina said recently. You can check out his campaign website here.

Warren is a former teacher, having taught social studiesat R.J. Grey Junior High School in Acton and Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School in Groton. More recently, Warren has worked for Sun Associates in North Chelmsford, evaluating curriculum and education programs for students of all ages focusing on American History Grants. She is running onstrengthening a centralized curriculum and clearer educational goals.

"My motivation is really just the success of our schools," Warren said recently. You can check out her campaign website here.

The candidates answered a Patch Q&A this past weekend. Be sure to check that out to see where they stand on various schools-related issues.

Check with Patch later for updates.

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