WILMINGTON, MA — Here are five quick notes regarding the Wilmington Town Election happening this Saturday, April 25. Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.
#1) Absentee ballots are currently available in the Town Clerk’s Office in Town Hall for those residents who won’t be in town this Saturday. Stop by the Town Clerk’s Office by this Friday, April 24 at noon to fill out the brief absentee ballot application, receive your application ballot, and cast your vote on the spot. The Office is open this Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.
#2) Wilmington Community Television will be broadcasting the election results on Saturday night. Election coverage begins live from Town Hall at 8pm on WCTV-G (Channel 22 on Comcast, Channel 38 on Verizon). Schedule permitting, former Town Manager Michael Caira has agreed to host the show. And if Caira gets to interview Selectman candidate Kevin MacDonald, that’s must-see TV!
#3) The Town Clerk’s Office recently released the election’s sample ballot. View the ballot below. Six seats are up for grabs on five boards. Only two of the races are contested. The only truly competitive race is likely to be for Town Moderator between Leigh Martinson and Robert Peterson, Jr.
#4) Turnout will be interesting to watch. In 2012, Selectman Mike Champoux trounced challenger Kevin MacDonald. Like 2015, there was also only one competitive race on the 2012 ballot (a 3-way School Committee race where challengers M.J. Byrnes and Manny Mulas were victorious, beating out incumbent Mario Marchese). In that election, only 12.9% of Wilmington voters cast ballots — 1,884 out of 14,675. With those numbers in mind, one would imagine the campaigns for Town Moderator candidates Leigh Martinson and Robert Peterson Jr. are looking to identify at least 1,000 supporters before Saturday’s election.
#5) All of Saturday’s winners, besides Leona Bombard of the Housing Authority, won’t have very much time to celebrate. The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meet next Monday, April 27; the Wilmington School Committee and Shawsheen Tech School Committee both meet next Wednesday, April 29; and the next Town Moderator will be busy at Town Meeting on Saturday, May 2.