ANDOVER -- More than a year after his unsuccessful bid for Republican nomination to a senate seat, Andover Selectman Alex Vispoli wants to try it again.
On Tuesday, Vispoli, 56, announced his candidacy for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District. The district includes the Greater Lowell communities of Dracut and Tewksbury, plus Andover and Lawrence.
Vispoli lost his party nomination bid to Paul Adams, R-Andover, in the state primary in September 2012. Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, ultimately won his second-term to the seat in November 2012 election, beating Adams.
Vispoli, who works as the vice president of sales for ICT, an IT equipment resale business in Malden, has touted his strategies to make Massachusetts more business-friendly during his past campaign. On Tuesday, he said he wants to continue to encourage businesses to stay and grow in Massachusetts and that his top priorities include fiscal accountability, local aid, education and "restoring integrity" in Statehouse.
"I am running for the state Senate because it's time to give the people of our district a break from compulsive tax increases and unresponsive government, these decisions have impacts that hurt our district" Vispoli said in the statement. "It's time to look to savings and reforms first instead of automatically voting to tax our already overburdened taxpayer."
Vispoli is the first announced candidate for the seat. Finegold, who has been raising money, is strongly considering a run for state treasurer.