TOWN ELECTION NEWS: A 4th Candidate Emerges In School Committee Race

WILMINGTON, MA — A fourth resident has pulled nomination papers to run for Wilmington School Committee.

Kathleen O’Donoghue pulled papers on Friday, after Steve Bjork (Monday), Sabrina Hewitt (Tuesday), and Jesse Fennelly (Wednesday) pulled papers earlier in the week.

Bjork, the Committee’s Vice Chair, is looking to retain in his seat, while the other incumbent up in April — Ginny Bonish — has yet to publicly declare her intentions. That hasn’t deterred three challengers to already step up, with still five weeks before the filing deadline.

Here is where all the 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 27:

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

  • Mike McCoy (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned, not yet 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
  • Kathleen O’Donoghue (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/27 — 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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