ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown Looming

WILMINGTON, MA — With apologies to the Lowell Sun‘s “The Column,” below is Wilmington Apple‘s debut of its new weekly local political column, “All Politics Are Local.”

BATTLE LINES DRAWN: On Tuesday, Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) announced that 116 current Massachusetts state senators and representatives have endorsed his bid for re-election. Wilmington’s two state representatives — Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) and Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) — are on the list.

“I am humbled to have the support of so many friends and colleagues across Massachusetts for re-election, and I pledge to fight for them and all communities in the Commonwealth every day,” said Markey in a statement. 

It appears more and more likely that Markey, who has represented Massachusetts in Congress for more than 40 years — House (1976-2013) and Senate (2013-present), will face a primary challenge from Joe Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert Kennedy and a member of the House of Representative since 2012.

“I hear the folks who say I should wait my turn, but with due respect — I’m not sure this is a moment for waiting,” said Kennedy in a statement last week.

Robertson and Gordon are siding with Markey.

MASS GOP (ALMOST) COMING TO TOWN: The Massachusetts Republican Party is holding a reception and fundraiser featuring State GOP Chairman Jim Lyons on Thursday, September 12, 2019, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Tewksbury Rod and Gun Club (79 Chandler Street, Tewksbury).

Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), who gave State Rep. Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) a very competitive race in 2018, is a member of the event’s host committee. The committee consists of other notable Republican names in the area, including State Rep. Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica), Ruth Chou, John Moffitt, David Camasso, Kam Kay, Joe Dunn, Ray Leczynski, Alex Veras, John MacDonald, Yvonne Thurston, Sean O’Toole, CJ Gangi, Keith Saxon, Anthony Ventresca, and Jeri Levasseur. Brian Genest, a Massachusetts Republican State Committeeman, is the event host.

Wilmington Republicans are invited to attend. RSVP to Luan Giannone at LG@MassGOP.com or 617-523-5005. Suggested donations begin at $50.

BUSY IN RETIREMENT: Former Wilmington Town Clerk Sharon George, who retired in 2018 after 13 years on the job, was recently appointed the Interim Town Clerk in Hamilton. George is working part-time in the position after Hamilton’s previous Town Clerk resigned following criticism from their Board of Selectmen. Hamilton is currently considering whether the position of Town Clerk should remain elected or become appointed.

And speaking of former town employees, congratulations to Todd Baldwin for joining the Town of Saugus’s Engineering Department as a full-time engineer. Baldwin began his career as an assistant town engineer in Wilmington before serving as a senior civil engineer for Wakefield.

STRANGE, BUT TRUE: Wilmington Town Moderator Rob Peterson was recently a victim in the string of car break-ins in town. The suspects — Derek Koster, of Wilmington, and Ryan Runyan, of Billerica — were arrested and arraigned after turning themselves into Wilmington Police.

It turns out Ryan “Rizzy” Runyan is an aspiring rapper, according to the Turtleboy site, and Derek Koster appeared as an extra in one of his rap videos.

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