Town Moderator Jim Stewart Endorses Robert Peterson, Jr. To Replace Him

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Annual Town Election may still be 44 days away (Saturday, April 25), but Town Moderator candidate Robert Peterson, Jr. is already touting three big endorsements.

On his campaign Facebook page yesterday, Peterson announced that he has received the endorsement of popular Town Moderator Jim Stewart.  Stewart, who has served in the position since 1991, has been re-elected seven times — never drawing a competitive challenger and always receiving the most votes across the entire ballot.  He is not seeking re-election this year.

“I am proud to announce that former Wilmington Town Moderator, James Stewart, has fully endorsed my candidacy,” wrote Peterson. “It would be an honor to fill the position that Jim held for the past 25 years, and I cannot thank him enough for his confidence in me.”

Stewart told Wilmington Apple in a 2013 article (on the old blog): “I think the key to being Moderator is consistency, respect and fairness. The rules of Town Meeting apply to everyone equally.  If people know that articles, rules and people will be dealt with the same way every time then there is fairness in the process.”  Stewart clearly feels Peterson possesses these three qualities.

Peterson also turned to Facebook yesterday to announce endorsements from two other ‘big’ names — Wilmington’s State Representatives Jim Miceli and Ken Gordon.

“Representatives James Miceli and Kenneth Gordon, Wilmington’s elected delegation in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, have both offered their full endorsement of my candidacy,” wrote Peterson. I would like to thank Representatives Miceli and Gordon for their support!”

Robert Peterson Jr. is running against Leigh Martinson on April 25th.  Learn more about both men’s campaigns by reading the Wilmington Apple over the next 6 weeks!

NOTE: To all campaigns — contested or uncontested — if you’ve got a campaign announcement, press release or letter to the editor, please email! 

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