TOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ballot Set For April 22 Election — Only Contested Race Features 3 Select Board Candidates For 2 Seats

WILMINGTON, MA — Prospective candidates for this year’s Annual Town Meeting had until Friday, March 3, 2023 at 5pm to return nomination papers to the Town Clerk’s Office.

The Town Clerk’s Office reports that six residents met the deadline and have filed the necessary paperwork — with at least 50 signatures from Wilmington voters — to get their names on the ballot.

Wilmington’s Director of Veterans Services and former Selectman Lou Cimaglia will run unopposed for a seat on the Wilmington Housing Authority. Cimaglia will replace the board’s current chair — Robert DiPasquale — who is not seeking re-election.

Wilmington School Committee Chair Jennifer Bryson will run unopposed for a third term. She’ll be joined by political newcomer Michael Mercaldi, who is also uncontested. Mercaldi will replace current School Committee member Melissa Plowman, who is not seeking re-election.

Wilmington Select Board member Gary DePalma will seek a second term. DePalma — along with challengers Frank West, a former Selectman & local realtor, and Jim DeFeo, an Army veteran and sergeant with the Boston Police Department — are vying for two seats. Current Select Board Chair Judy O’Connell is not seeking re-election. Resident Mark Nelson pulled nomination papers, but did not return them.

The Town Moderator and the Shawsheen Tech School Committee members are NOT up for re-election this year.

The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023. Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.

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