Incumbents re-elected in Andover

Mike Gamache, Andover mayor
Mike Gamache, Andover mayor

Andover voters Tuesday (Nov. 6) re-elected all four incumbents to the Andover City Council.

With nobody opposing him, Mayor Mike Gamache received 13,264 votes. Only 219 wrote in another candidate’s name. Gamache has lived in Andover since 1985 and has been the mayor for 12 years.

Councilmembers Mike Knight (8,520 votes) and Councilmembers Sheri Bukkila (8,360 votes) were the top two out of three candidates for the two open four-year terms.

Knight moved to Andover in the 1970s and has been on the council for over 20 years. Bukkila has lived in Andover for nine years, and this will be her second term on the council.

In a tight battle, Councilmember Tony Howard held off challenger Valerie Holthus by a 7,090 votes to 6,545 votes margin. This is only a two-year term, however, because it completes the four-year term that Don Jacobson was elected to in 2008, but later resigned from after he moved out of the community.

The council had appointed Howard to the council in late September 2011 so the seat would be filled by somebody until the 2012 election.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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