SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Candidates Confront Wilmington’s Biggest Issue — The Market Basket Ghost

WILMINGTON, MA — Incumbents Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira, and challengers Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, Dan Murphy, and Suzanne Sullivan, are running for TWO three-year seats on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen.

Meanwhile, 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 reader-submitted question is below:

If elected, what will you do about the ghost haunting Market Basket?

Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:

Greg Bendel

“If elected, I will do my best to catch the ghost at Market Basket using a reusable bag.”

Kevin Caira

“I want to continue to be fully ‘transparent’ in answering this question, therefore I make the following disclosure in accordance with Chapter 268A, Section 666: Relationships with Spirits, Goblins and Other Outer Worldly Beings: The genial gentleman in the maroon suit jacket walking the aisles at the Wilmington Market Basket (aka The Manager), is my brother Ken. He has advised me that everything is under control as they have determined that the ghost is not a young woman in Victorian era clothing but is actually Oscar Mayer who is upset that his widow, Mrs. Buttersworth, is dating Colonel Sanders! Given that the mystery is solved, no further action needs to be taken unless residents insist upon it and then I will ask Jack Everett to chair the MBGBC……Market Basket Ghost Busters Committee.”

Rob Fasulo

“If elected, I would nominate her to the Economic Development Committee, as she has a clear understanding of how to bring potential shoppers to town so she certainly should have some interesting (and different) insights.”

Kevin MacDonald

“If elected, I would try to encourage Market Basket to provide a wide range of food that was organic. I would encourage Market Basket to eliminate foods that contained genetically modified organisms, pesticides, herbicides, and Round Up. I would like to educate the town on healthy eating. I might even leave a note for the ghost asking if it’s death was caused by cancer which was a result of foods that were unhealthy. After this I would send the ghost down to the Town Hall to scare Jeff Hull out of there and anyone else that was over taxing the people of Wilmington through massive over budgeting and wasteful spending.”

Mark Maselli

“I would ask to spend a night in Market Basket so I could speak to the ghost and get her opinion on all the the issues going on in town and I would ask that she be completely transparent with her response.”

Daryn Marsh

Mr. Marsh chose to answer this question via video:

Jomarie O’Mahony

“I’m happy the Apple is finally doing some hard hitting reporting. With apologies to Ray Parker, Jr., if there is something strange in my neighborhood, I’m gonna call the Wilmington Police Department.  I’ve heard rumors that our local ‘ghost busters’ captured images of the spectral event on video which tells me that: a) the ghost is real; b) the ghost is friendly; and c) the ghost is not the green slimy kind that eats unhealthy numbers of hot dogs.  I would take this opportunity to send the ghost a WOW care package and ask it to register for our upcoming road race by April 1st so that it can receive a complimentary race t-shirt.  I ain’t afraid of no ghost!”

Candidates Daniel Murphy and Suzanne Sullivan did not submit responses.

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