SPECIAL ELECTION BALLOT IS SET: Judy O’Connell & Mark Nelson To Square Off For Selectmen Seat On September 2

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington will go to the polls on Thursday, September 2, 2021 to fill the vacancy on the Board of Selectmen following Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony’s resignation.

Town Clerk Christina Touma-Conway confirmed that Mark Nelson and former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell will appear on the ballot. Both returned their nomination papers with enough certificate signatures prior to the Thursday, July 15 deadline.

O’Connell served two terms on the Board of Selectmen (2011-2017), including two years as Chairwoman. During her time on the board, she oversaw the creation of the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility as the Yentile Farm Development Committee Chair. She previously served on the Wilmington School Committee (2007-2010). O’Connell was a very close runner-up in the Democratic Primary in the 2018 Wilmington/Tewksbury State Rep Race, falling less than 100 votes short with 5,000+ total votes cast.

O’Connell has previously served on Wilmington Athletic Alumni and Friends Organization, Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, and Wilmington Hall of Fame Committee. She has also served on the Town’s Scholarship Committee, the Library’s Strategic Planning Committee, and Wilmington Relay For Life Committee in the past. She played a key role on the Wilmington High School 4.0 Committee, the campaign committee for the high school building project. She has coached baseball for Wilmington Little League and softball for the Massachusetts Bay State Games. She’s volunteered with the Massachusetts Special Olympics and served as a mentor for Lahey Clinic’s At-Risk Children Mentor program.

O’Connell, a licensed realtor, is the co-owner of EXIT Family First Realty of Wilmington. She is also a former public school math teacher.

O’Connell was an exceptional high school and collegiate athlete. She served as the captain of Merrimack College’s 1994 NCCA National Champion Division II Softball Team, and was named an NCAA Athletic and Academic All-American. O’Connell was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fames for both Northeast 10 Conference and for Wilmington High School. The Wilmington Town Crier named her the Female Athlete of the Decade (1990-2000).

This race is a rematch of sorts for Nelson. In 2011, he finished in last place in a 4-way race for 2 Selectmen seats with 478 votes, finishing behind Mike McCoy (1,739), O’Connell (1,714) and Lepore (1,345). Nelson, a longtime vocal critic of the town administration and Planning Board, has unsuccessfully run for the Board of Selectmen multiple times, including in 1997, 2004 and 2011.

Wilmington Apple hopes to learn more Nelson and his platform in the coming weeks.

The Wilmington Board of Selectmen signed the warrant for the Special Town Election at its July 11, 2021 meeting.

The Special Town Election on Thursday September 2, 2021 will take place from 8am to 8pm at regular polling locations:

  • Precinct 1 and 2: Boutwell School, 17 Boutwell Street
  • Precincts 3 and 4: Wildwood School, 182 Wildwood Street
  • Precincts 5 and 6: Town Hall, 121 Glen Road

The last day to register to vote for the Special Town Election is Friday August 13, 2021. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open that day from 8:30am until 8pm.

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