WILMINGTON, MA — Just hours before yesterday’s 5pm deadline, frequent town government critic Kevin MacDonald pulled nomination papers to run for the Board of Selectmen in this year’s Annual Town Election, challenging 2-term incumbent Mike Champoux.
MacDonald now has less than 48 hours to get at least 50 registered Wilmington voters to sign his nomination papers and then return them to the Town Clerk’s Office no later than Thursday, March 5, 5pm.
A Champoux-MacDonald race would actually be a rematch from 2012, when Champoux won in a landslide, 1,476 to 290. MacDonald also made an unsuccessful bid for the Board in 2013, when Lou Cimaglia and Mike Newhouse soundly defeated him, 2,697 and 2,692 to 513.
Champoux turned to social media last weekend to announce his candidacy.
“I am excited to formally announce my candidacy for re-election to the Board of Selectmen,” Champoux wrote on his campaign’s Facebook page. “I have been honored to serve you for the past 6 years and, with our support, I hope to be able to continue as your voice to Town Administration for another three years. “
The only other contested race on the ballot is for Town Moderator. First time candidates Robert Peterson Jr. and Leigh Martinson will compete to replace popular outgoing Town Moderator Jim Stewart, who announced in May his intentions to not seek re-election. Stewart had held the position since 1992. Over those 23 years, there’s rarely been contested races for the seat, and never competitive.
First-term Wilmington School Committee members M.J. Byrnes and Manny Mulas will be running unopposed for their second 3-year terms.
Longtime Shawsheen Tech School Committee member James Gillis will also be running unopposed for another 3-year term.
Incumbent Housing Authority member Leona Bombard will be running unopposed for another 5-year term. (While Bombard has yet to return her nomination papers, Wilmington Apple has been told she will by Thursday’s deadline.)
The Annual Town Election is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Polls will be open 8am to 8pm.
NOTE: Wilmington Apple will have comprehensive town election coverage, including Q&A articles with the candidates, coverage of various campaign events, publication of ‘letters to the editor,’ and real-time Election Day results.