TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Selectmen Bendel & Caira Pull Papers To Run For Re-Election

WILMINGTON, MA — Less than one week after nomination papers became available, Selectmen Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel have already pulled papers, indicating each man will be seeking re-election to a second term to the board.

On the School Committee side, incumbent Jo Newhouse, who was appointed to her seat in August, has also pulled papers quickly, as has last year’s runner-up Jesse Fennelly. Incumbents Julie Broussand and Tom Talbot have not pulled papers to date.

Longtime Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Robert Peterson Sr. has also pulled nomination papers to seek re-election.

According to Assitstant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how things stand as of January 7:

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

  • Greg Bendel (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — has not returned yet
  • Kevin Caira (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yet

Wilmington School Committee — 3 seats — 3-year terms

  • Jo Newhouse (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yet
  • Jesse Fennelly (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/7 — has not returned yet

Shawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year term

  • Robert Peterson Sr. (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — has not returned yet

To get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8.

The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

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