WILMINGTON, MA — Three new candidates have stepped forward to run for the Board of Selectmen — Suzanne Sullivan, Rob Fasulo and Daryn Marsh. Sullivan and Fasulo are seeking the two 3-year seats currently occupied by incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, while Daryn Marsh is interested in the 1-year seat being vacated by Ed Loud.
Suzanne Sullivan is a former Selectwoman, elected to an unexpired 1-year term in 2003 and a full 3-year term in 2004. She also served on the town’s Master Plan Committee. Sullivan has been intimately involved in the town’s environmental issues over the past 15+ years, including as a leader with the Wilmington Environmental Restoration Committee. She’s recently been calling for more accountability and transparency from the current Board of Selectmen, and has raised concerns surrounding the town’s handling of 362 Middlesex Avenue, New England Transrail, and Town Counsel’s hiring.
Rob Fasulo is longtime Wilmington resident. He owns a small farm in town with his wife and three children. Fasulo, a Shawsheen Tech graduate, has a degree in Criminal Justice and has spent much of his life in the law enforcement field, including as a volunteer Wilmington Auxiliary Police Officer from 1998 to 2004. Fasulo was the runner-up in last year’s Selectmen’s race, finishing less than 350 votes behind Jonathan Eaton. During that campaign, Fasulo crusaded against over-development and was endorsed by Governor Charlie Baker, Selectman Mike McCoy, and the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington, among others.
Daryn Marsh is a lifelong Wilmington resident. On his campaign Facebook page, he notes: “I am running to bring a different viewpoint for the people of Wilmington and to serve you, the people, the best that I can with no preconceived agenda.” Marsh, an electrician and firearms instructor, hopes to give back to a community that has given so much to him and his family. He has run for Selectmen at least twice in the past (2000 & 2001).
According to Assitstant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how the races stand as of February 6, approximately one month before the filing deadline:
Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 2 seats — 3-year terms
- Greg Bendel (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 1/11 — certified on 1/14
- Kevin Caira (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yet
- Robert Fasulo, Jr. (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5 — has not yet returned
- Daniel Murphy (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/18 — returned on 1/28 — certified on 1/30
- Suzanne Sullivan (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5 — has not yet returned
Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 1 seat — 1-year term
- Daryn Marsh — pulled papers on 2/5 — has not yet returned
- Jomarie O’Mahony — pulled papers on 1/30 — has not yet returned
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
Incumbents Julie Broussard and Tom Talbot have announced they aren’t seeking re-election.
Shawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year term
- Robert Peterson Sr. (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 2/1 — certified on 2/2
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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