Political Earthquake: 3 New Faces Pull Papers To Run For Selectmen

WILMINGTON, MA — After Selectman Lou Cimaglia recently announced that he would not be seeking re-election to a fourth term, three residents visited the Town Clerk’s Office on Tuesday and pulled nomination papers to run for the two three-year Selectmen seats up for grabs this April.

Those three candidates are:

  • Greg Bendel: Bendel, of Burlington Ave., is a teacher (Programming & Web) at the Shawsheen Tech, where he is also Head Coach of the Boys Varsity Basketball team.  Bendel currently serves as an elected member of the Wilmington Housing Authority, finishing out the final year of his five-year term.  Bendel also served on the campaign committee for a new Wilmington High School.
  • Kevin A. Caira: Caira, of Woburn Street, is the Retirement Administrator for the Town of Amesbury. Caira is the Immediate Past President of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and serves as the President of the Commission for Social Justice for the Sons of Italy at the national level.  Caira also currently serves on the Yentile Farm Development Committee, as well the Wilmington Athletic Alumni and Friends Association Board of Directors.
  • Joseph Lavino: Lavino, of Chestnut Street, is the Director of Pharmacy Regulation Affairs at the CVS Caremark Corporation.  (I will certainly share additional information on Mr. Lavino, and all candidates in all races, as it is provided.)

Incumbent Mike Newhouse has yet to pull nomination papers.

On the Wilmington School Committee side, three three-year seats are up for grabs.

Longtime School Committee Chair Margaret “Peggy” Kane was the very first candidate from any race to pull nomination papers, back on January 8.  Kane told the Wilmington Apple that, if re-elected, her next term will be her last.

School Committee Secretary Julie Broussard, wrapping up her first three years on the board, also quickly pulled papers to run for re-election.  She announced her candidacy on the Wilmington Apple yesterday.

While two-term School Committee incumbent Kathleen Carroll has yet to pull nomination papers, political newcomer Thomas Talbot, of Woburn Street, did so on January 15.

Longtime incumbent Robert Peterson, Sr. pulled nomination papers to run for re-election to a three-year seat on the Shawsheen Tech School Committee.

With Bendel eyeing a Selectmen seat, his expiring five-year seat on the Wilmington Housing Authority has yet to draw any interest.

Nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Thursday, March 3.  The Clerk’s Office, located at Town Hall, is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 23.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

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