“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 his announcement. "It’s time to look
to savings and reforms first instead of automatically voting to tax our already
Vispoli plans to run for the Second Essex and Middlesex District seat --which represents Andover, Tewksbury, Dracut and Lawrence -- currently held by Democrat Barry Finegold, who recently announced he is considering a run for state treasurer in 2014. Before Finegold won the seat in 2010, it was held by Democrat Susan Tucker.
Vispoli was also elected to the (MMA)
Board of Directors and the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association (MSA) Board
in 2011. He is currently the District 2 Representative (Essex and Middlesex
Counties) for the MSA.
In addition, he is a member of the .
Vispoli, who serves on the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Local Government Advisory Commission and brings decades of technology industry experience, said his platform will focus on job growth, improving education and government reform.
"Just recently we saw an uninformed and uncaring legislature ignorantly pass a high tech tax only to sheepishly repeal it when they finally realized the harm it would do to job creation and the Massachusetts economy," Vispoli said. "If that wasn’t enough, they passed a gas tax increase and amazingly added a provision to make future tax increases automatic. They didn’t even have the courage to be recorded on any future tax increase."
Vispoli ran for State Senate in 2012 but narrowly lost to State Rep. Paul Adams in the Republican primary by less than 100 votes. Adams went on to challenge Finegold in the general election but lost that bid.
Vispoli and his wife Ann have lived in Andover for 17 years and have four children.