TOWN ELECTION: Selectman Jonathan Eaton Announces He’s NOT Seeking Re-Election, Endorses Lilia Maselli

WILMINGTON, MA — Over the weekend, Selectmen Chair Jonathan Eaton announced he would not be seeking re-election this April.

“After much consideration, I have decided not to seek a second term on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen,” wrote Eaton. “It has been, and for the next two months will continue to be, an honor to serve the community that we love as a member of the Board.”

Eaton went on to endorse Lilia Maselli, the only other resident to have pulled nomination papers for the Board of Selectmen to date.

“I hope that you will join me in supporting Lilia Maselli’s candidacy to the Board, and that you are as wonderful to her as you have been to me,” asked Eaton. “Lil is an active member of the Economic Development Committee, an honest and hard-working volunteer, and will be an excellent advocate for residents.”

Maselli serves as Site Experience Manager for Analog Devices’ world headquarters in Wilmington and is co-owner of Dandilyons Ice Cream in Reading. She volunteers as the secretary of the Wilmington Economic Development Committee.

Prior to joining the Board of Selectmen in 2018, Eaton — a lifelong resident and married father of two young children — served on the Town’s Finance Committee for six years. He was active in the Wilmington Rotary Club, serving as its President, and volunteered on the library’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Eaton was elected Chair by his board colleagues this past July. He served as the Board’s representative to the Wilmington Commission on Disabilities as well as the Appointing Committee to the Finance Committee. Eaton ran the Selectmen meetings professionally, in spite of their virtual setting, and always treated his colleagues, town officials and the public a great deal of respect. He carried on former Selectman Ed Loud’s “Salute To Service” segment at the end of each meeting, and also implemented virtual office hours.

Seven seats are up for grabs in the April 24, 2021 Town Election.

Current Snapshot: 

According to retiring Assistant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how things stand as of February 19, 2021:

Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 1 seats — 3-year terms

  • Lilia Maselli (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/19 — has not returned yet

After pulling nomination papers, incumbent Selectmen Chair Jonathan Eaton announced he would not be seeking re-election.

Wilmington School Committee — 2 seats — 3-year terms

  • MJ Brynes (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/6 — has not returned yet
  • David Ragsdale (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/20 — has not returned yet
  • Emily Irving (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/12 — has not returned yet
  • Michelle Giuliana (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/19 — has not returned yet

Wilmington School Committee — 1 seat — 2-year unexpired term (filling the vacancy left by Steve Bjork’s resignation) 

  • Justin Cusce — pulled papers on 2/18 — has not returned yet
  • Yvonne Helbert — pulled papers on 2/19 — has not returned yet
  • Emily Irving — pulled papers on 2/19 — has not returned yet

Shawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year term

  • Charles Fiore, Jr. (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/8 — has not returned yet

Longtime incumbent Jim Gillis has not pulled nomination papers to date.

Wilmington Town Moderator — 1 seat — 3-year term

  • No candidates

Incumbent Robert Peterson, Jr. announced at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting in June that he would not be seeking re-election.

Wilmington Housing Authority — 1 seat — 5-year term

  • No candidates

Incumbent John Alefantis, who serves as the Authority’s Chairman, has not pulled nomination papers to date.

Nomination papers have been available since January 4, 2021. Papers with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters are due back to the Town Clerk by March 5, 2021.

To date, no candidate has returned their nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s Office.

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