Dear Wilmington Residents,
I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Wilmington Board of Selectmen. I am running for Selectman because I believe that my experiences serving our community and advocating for clients as an attorney would be an asset to the town.
I am a lifelong Wilmington resident, and growing up here gave me a sense for what our great community is made of. In 1992, my brother Nick was diagnosed with leukemia, and people from across town, whether well-known to us, or hardly known at all, rallied around our family for the two-and-a-half months that he successfully fought cancer at Children’s Hospital. The amazing people of Wilmington volunteered to cook us meals, donated toys, shuttled me to and from school and soccer practice, and picked me up at the Woburn Street School to drive me into Boston so that we could have dinner as a family. That is the quality of community that I grew up knowing, and that is the community that I wish to serve. When my wife Sarah and I were looking to buy a home and start a family, Wilmington was the obvious choice.
In and around town, I am a past President of the Wilmington Rotary Club, and I served on the library’s most recent Strategic Planning Committee. I have also been a member of the Wilmington Finance Committee since 2012, and as such, I have had the opportunity to meet with the Town Manager and all of the department heads during the past six budget seasons to review and make recommendations on the proposed budget. I have been one of the more vocal members of that committee, and over the past month helped to push back the plan to fund the $850,000 water main replacement through borrowing or a water rate increase, and ensured that it will be paid for through our healthy free cash reserve.
It is past time that we increase our affordable senior housing inventory, and I believe that there are town-owned parcels suitable for that purpose that should be either sold or placed into a long-term lease, the proceeds from either to be put towards a new senior center. To have a senior center with a bathroom that is not handicap accessible is, to me, unacceptable.
I also intend to advocate for the formation of an economic development committee. Over the past year in particular, we have seen significant objections from neighbors of some proposed developments. An economic development committee can and should include residents as members, so that they can work towards identifying and connecting with the types of businesses that the residents want in town, to foster smart, cohesive business and economic development.
I look forward to speaking with as many of you as possible, so that I can assure that your voice is heard on the Board of Selectmen and in your local government. Feel free to reach out to me on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JonathanEatonSelectman/. Please consider voting for me for Selectman on Saturday, April 28.
Very truly yours,