NO SURPRISES: O’Mahony, DePalma, Bjork, Bryson & Reed Win Uncontested Races In Town Election

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Town Clerk Christine Touma-Conway has announced the unofficial results from today’s Town Election. All races were uncontested:

  • Jomarie O’Mahony, who won election to the Board of Selectmen last year to fill the unexpired term of Ed Loud, received 473 votes to win re-election.
  • Gary DePalma received 458 votes to join the Board of Selectmen, replacing longtime Selectman Mike McCoy, who did not seek another term.
  • Jennifer Bryson, current Chair of the Wilmington School Committee, received 484 votes and will begin her 4th year on the Committee.
  • Steve Bjork, current Vice Chair of the Wilmington School Committee, received 493 votes and will begin his 7th year on the Committee.
  • Audrey Reed received 510 votes to join the Wilmington Housing Authority, replacing Leona Bombard, who did not seek another term.

According to Touma-Conway, only 555 ballots were cast, representing a voter turnout of 3.2%.  213 of the 555 ballots — 38.3% — were cast by mail (120 absentee and 93 early vote).

Wilmington Apple caught up with School Committee candidates Jennifer Bryson and Steve Bjork on Election Day.

“I am grateful and honored to have been re-elected to the Wilmington School Committee,” School Committee Chair Jennifer Bryson told Wilmington Apple. “The past three years have been productive and I am confident that we will continue to make strong progress under the direction of our superintendent, Dr. Brand, his leadership team and our dedicated teachers and staff. I will continue to approach my work on the School Committee with urgency, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion – serving and supporting the students of Wilmington will always be my first priority.

“Thank you to the residents of Wilmington for your continued support and my deepest gratitude to my fellow School Committee members, Steve Bjork, M.J. Byrnes, Jesse Fennelly, Jo Newhouse, David Ragsdale and Jay Samaha for your unwavering commitment to this work,” added Bryson.

“I am very happy to be serving another term on the Wilmington School Committee,” School Committee Vice Chair Steve Bjork told Wilmington Apple. “The current circumstances have created, and continue to create, extreme challenges to delivering education to our youth.  I am confident that the school committee, school administrators, and teachers will work closely together to create a safe environment for students and staff, and that we will all agree to make paramount the educational needs of our children as we prepare for a very different school opening in the fall.”

Wilmington Apple also received comments from Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony and Selectman Gary DePalma.

“I am so thankful to the Town of Wilmington for electing me for another 3 years,” said Selectwoman O’Mahony. “Between the heat, Covid and it being an uncontested race, I expected the turnout to be low but I appreciate everyone who took the time to vote and for all of the volunteers working the polls today as well as the clerk and her staff.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue addressing the important issues facing our town.

“I’d like to thank the voters of Wilmington for having faith in me. Now it’s time to get to work,” said Selectman DePalma. “Thank you to the Town Clerk’s staff for handling the election with the heat and COVID-19 so smoothly. I look forward to serving the Board of Selectmen. Again, thank you.”

A Look Ahead

The following seats will be up for grabs in the 2021 Town Election:

  • 1 Board of Selectman seat (currently held by Jonathan Eaton)
  • 2 Wilmington School Committee seats (currently held by MJ Byrnes & David Ragsdale)
  • 1 Shawsheen Tech School Committee seat (currently held by Jim Gillis)
  • 1 Housing Authority seat (currently held by John Alefantis)
  • Town Moderator (currently held by Rob Peterson)

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