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Five people are running for school committee seats in March.

Sandis Wright, Emily DiCesaro, Erin Cash, Jo A. Thorlin and Shishan Wang each turned in their papers to be on the ballot, according to City Clerk Melissa Ripley.

Everything would be new to the committee.

The two incumbents whose seats are up – Shannon Scully and Paul Murphy – declined to seek re-election.

For Select Board, two people present themselves without opposition. Alex Vispoli is on the ballot for her seventh term and newcomer Melissa M. Danish is also on the ballot.

Board member Richard Howe’s term ends in March after he succeeds Dan Koh, who resigned from the board last year. To replace Koh, the board asked for volunteers to appoint who would no longer seek the seat, so as not to give an unfair advantage.

Shelia Doherty is running for her 16th term as city moderator. She is again faced with the challenge of Keith Saxon, who has come forward as a moderator several times over the past few years.

There are also three places available on the Punchard Free School Trustees, which oversees Andover High School teacher grants and student scholarships. Dawn Gillette is seeking a 3 year term on the Board and Chip Gregory is seeking a 1 year term. The two run unopposed.

No one has drawn papers to fill the vacancy at the Trustees of Cornell Fund, which oversees fuel assistance grants for Andover residents.

Most positions are for three-year terms, with the exception of the Municipal Moderator, who is for one year.

Candidates have until Thursday, February 17 to withdraw from the ballot.

The municipal election is Tuesday, March 22. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.