WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington resident Gary DePalma pulled nomination papers to run for Selectmen earlier this week.
DePalma, a retired investigator with the State Auditor’s Bureau of Special Investigations, has been involved behind-the-scenes in Wilmington politics for many years, most recently serving as manager for State Rep. Dave Robertson’s 2018 campaign. DePalma, a past Chairman of the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee, also served as a campaign advisor to the late State Rep. Jim Miceli. Over this past year, DePalma served on the town’s Inhabitant Bylaw Review Study Committee and has been a frequent attendee of Selectmen’s meetings over the past couple of years.
DePalma reached out to Wilmington Apple with the news on Tuesday morning.
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.
DePalma reportedly pulled papers on the morning of Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
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.
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
- Gary DePalma (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/25 (*self-reported*)
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.
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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