WILMINGTON, MA — Jomarie O’Mahony, Daryn Marsh, and Kevin MacDonald are running for the seat on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently vacated by Ed Loud. The winner will fulfill the one year remaining on Loud’s unexpired term.
Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates multiple questions each week leading up to the April 27 Town Election.
The latest question:
Is the Town of Wilmington heading in the right direction? Explain.
Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:
15 years ago, my husband and I chose Wilmington because it had a small town feel with a great commuter location, a strong school system, a new public safety building with a great police and fire department and housing that was affordable compared to the other communities we were interested in. In the last 15 years, all of the reasons we chose Wilmington still exist and we can now add to the list a wonderful community of friends and social and sports organizations that have supported our four children.
There is no easy answer to whether our town is “heading in the right direction” because “the right direction” is subjective. All of the qualities that had me fall in love with Wilmington 15 years ago still exist. The town is still close-knit and our school system and public safety are still strong. We have seen our residential real estate grow in value and quantity and the value of our homes with it. Unfortunately, our taxes have also grown. We have commercial property that is vacant and traffic issues on route 38 that create a hinderance to attracting new business into the area. We are losing our elder residents to other towns who are willing to create truly affordable housing options for them. A North Wilmington Fire Substation that was a topic of discussion when we first moved into town is still just a topic of discussion.
So, my final answer to this question would be that we have the ability to continue to head in the right direction as long as we value the assets of our town in the manner it deserves. We need to capitalize on our great commuter location and attract new business into town that adds value. We need to retain our elder residents and offer them housing that allows them to downsize at a lesser cost than the value of their current housing. We need to continue supporting our youth, veterans, safety officers and school system to ensure that every resident’s needs are met. We have the capacity to do this and I believe with the right people making the critical decisions with the best interests of our citizens truly as our number one priority, we will remain on the right path.
Mr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:
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