BILLERICA -- Rome Capobianco has come up short in selectmen and Planning Board races, but he's back again to give it another go.

Capobianco, 73, who's lived at his Andover Road farm since 1968, is running for a selectman seat in April's election, he told The Sun at his home on Monday.

"I'd like to see a change on the board. The town has a spending and waste problem," said Capobianco, who ran unsuccessfully for selectman in 2009 and lost in last year's Planning Board race. "I've been serving this town for 50 years, and I'll do the right thing if elected."

Capobianco, who some call the "tomato man" or the "tomato king of Billerica," operates a fresh-produce stand at Price Farm, near Billerica Center. He has a farmhand and some high school students who help him out during the busiest season.

"I'm kind of famous for my tomatoes," said Capobianco , who sells cucumbers, peppers, potatoes, carrots, beets, eggplants and corn at his stand as well.

Two selectmen seats are up for grabs on the April 5 ballot, a race which is becoming quite crowded. Selectmen Chairman Dave Gagliardi and Selectman Bob Accomando are running for re-election. Challengers John Piscatelli and Dan Burns have also announced their selectmen campaigns.

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