TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: No Interest In Open Selectman Seat Thus Far

WILMINGTON, MA — Two weeks before the filing deadline and it appears Wilmington may have a quiet 2020 Town Election season. There are currently no contested races. In fact, there are more seats to be filled (5) than candidates (3) across the respective races.

After 9 residents pulled nomination papers last year to run for Selectmen, only one — incumbent Jomarie O’Mahony — has done so this year. And that’s even after longtime Selectman Mike McCoy announced on February 10, 2020 that he would not be seeking re-election.

2 Selectmen Seats Up 

Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony, who was elected to the board last year to serve out the remainder of former Selectman Ed Loud’s term, has announced her intention to seek re-election by pulling papers.

30-year Selectman Mike McCoy, on the other hand, surprised many by recently announcing he would not be seeking re-election.

No challengers have stepped forward.

2 School Committee Seats Up

On the School Committee side, both School Committee Chair Jennifer Bryson, first elected in 2017, and Vice Chair Steve Bjork, first elected in 2014, have pulled papers.

No challengers have stepped forward.

1 Housing Authority Seat Up

Leonard Bombard, a longtime member of the Wilmington Housing Authority, has yet to pull nomination papers. No one else has expressed an interest in the seat.

Current Snapshot: 

According to Assistant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how things stand as of February 21, 2020:

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

  • Jomarie O’Mahony (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/15 — has not returned yet

Wilmington School Committee — 2 seats — 3-year terms

  • Jennifer Bryson (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/14 — returned & certified on 2/5
  • Steve Bjork (incumbent) — pulled papers on 2/12 — has not returned yet

Wilmington Housing Authority — 1 seat — 5-year term

  • No candidates

The Town Moderator position and seats on the Shawsheen Tech School Committee are NOT up for re-election in 2020.

Important Dates 

To get on the ballot, candidates must submit nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 6, 2020.

The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

The last day to register to vote for the Annual Town Election is Monday, April 6, 2020.

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