WILMINGTON, MA — Six-term Selectman Mike Newhouse has announced that he will not be seeking re-election to the Wilmington Board of Selectmen this April, citing family and professional obligations as the basis for his decision.
“Like all families,” said Newhouse, “we have our own unique circumstances that require attention and, at this time, my responsibilities at home and at the law practice I maintain to support our family, make it increasingly difficult to spend the time it takes to be an effective Selectman.”
When asked to reflect on his tenure on the Board, Newhouse noted, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Wilmington, in one capacity or another, since 1996. I am proud to be a small part of so many successful initiatives in Town, and I am grateful to have gotten the chance to work with so many dedicated and talented people through the years. More than anything, I will always remember how supportive my entire family has been for the past 20 years, and especially my wife, Jo.”
Newhouse’s announcement follows a similar one made last week by his colleague and friend, Lou Cimaglia, and the prospect of filling Mr. Cimaglia’s seat has already led to a field of four candidates to pull nomination papers from the office of the Town Clerk.
“Every three years, the decision whether to run for re-election is an important and difficult one to make,” explained Newhouse. “Seeing that very capable candidates are ready and willing to fill the vacant seats makes the decision a little easier this time around.”
“I do not know the know of all the candidates personally,” continued Newhouse,” but I intend to learn more about each of them in the coming weeks. Certainly, Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira have an established track record of community involvement, and their reputations are impeccable.”
In response to one supporter, who asked what his priorities are for the remainder of his term, Newhouse replied, “It’s business as usual for the Town. As a Board, we will review the Town Manager’s budget in preparation for this year’s annual town meeting, and go from there.”
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