TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Potential Race Forming As Dan Murphy Pulls Papers For Selectman

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington resident Daniel Murphy pulled nomination papers last week to run for Selectmen, and this is NOT the same Daniel Murphy who ran for Selectmen in 2019.

This Daniel Murphy has a track record in state and local politics — he has served as campaign manager for Boston City Counselor Michelle Wu, a political consultant to Senator Elizabeth Warren, and the Deputy Press Secretary to Mike Capuano’s Senate campaign. He served as campaign manager for his twin brother Patrick Murphy, who served as the Mayor of Lowell. In 2000, he served as a legislative aide to State Rep. Jim Miceli and helped manage his campaign that year.

Murphy, according to his LinkedIn profile, has worked as a writing instructor and lecturer at several Massachusetts colleges and universities, including Boston University, Emmanuel College, Lasell College, and Suffolk University. He currently teachers writing at Phillips Academy in Andover.

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.

Along with Murphy, former Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair & State Rep. Robertson’s campaign manager Gary DePalma pulled papers last week.

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 28, 2020:

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

  • Jomarie O’Mahony (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/15 — has not returned yet
  • Daniel C. Murphy (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/24
  • Gary DePalma (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/25

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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