TOWN ELECTION NEWS: Bjork To Run For Re-Election To School Committee, 2 New Challengers Emerge

WILMINGTON, MA — The race for the Wilmington School Committee has suddenly come after no candidates stepped forward during the first 2.5 weeks of election season.  In the span of 3 days, 3 different candidates have pulled nomination papers for School Committee.

School Committee Vice Chair Steve Bjork will be seeking a second term on the Committee, while fellow incumbent Ginny Bonish has yet to make her re-election decision public. Newcomers Sabrina Hewitt and Jesse Fennelly will look to join the board, likely setting up a contested race with only two seats on the ballot and still five weeks for other candidates to jump in.

The following seats will be up for grabs in this April’s election:

  • 2 three-year Board of Selectmen seats (currently held by Mike McCoy and Judy O’Connell)
  • 2 three-year School Committee seats (currently held by Steve Bjork and Ginny Bonish)
  • 1 five-year Housing Authority seat (currently held by Stacie Murphy)

Here is where all races that are part of this year’s Town Election currently stand, according to an update from the Town Clerk’s Office provided on January 25:

Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 2 seats — 3-year terms

  • Mike McCoy (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — not yet returned & certified
  • Mark Nelson (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/11 — not yet returned & certified
  • Christopher Dawson (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/18 — not yet returned & certified

NOTE: Incumbent Judy O’Connell has yet to pull papers.

Wilmington School Committee — 2 seats — 3-year terms

  • Stephen P. Bjork (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/23 — not yet returned & certified
  • Sabrina A. Hewitt (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/24 — not yet returned & certified
  • Jesse L. Fennelly (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/25 — not yet returned & certified

NOTE: Incumbent Ginny Bonish has yet to pull papers.

Wilmington Housing Authority Seat — 1 seat — 5-year term

  • Stacie Murphy — pulled papers on 1/9 — not yet returned & certified

Nomination papers have been available in the Town Clerk’s Office since January 3.  Papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Thursday, March 2.

The Wilmington Town 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 22, 2017.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

The last day to register to vote for the Town Election is Monday, April 3, 2017.

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