WILMINGTON - Michael Bodnar of 109 West Street did not return School Committee papers by the designated due date, Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m. However late last week Bodnar informed the town clerk’s office he wanted to run a sticker campaign – a method used when candidates fail to pull or return nomination papers, but still have the intent to run for office. This type of campaign will show the town clerk the stickers in use, to ensure they will not come off or stick to the roller in the voting machine. Town Clerk, Sharon George, asked Bodnar to write a brief letter to that effect.
Should Bodnar complete the sticker campaign, the School Committee race will feature six candidates running for three seats on a seven member board: incumbents Margaret Kane and Kathleen Carroll, and newcomers Julie Broussard, Jennifer Spear, and Donna Leone.
As previously reported in the Crier, Bodnar is a third generation Wilmington resident. In the past he opposed building the new Wilmington high school in the present location and was the sole vote against the high school feasibility study, and proposed an article last year that would have preserved the current high school.
In his 2011 bid for School Committee, Bodnar did support renovations or an addition for the high school, but neither option was viable according to the feasibility study. He has advocated for increased science and technology in the high school curriculum along with maintenance of the core subjects English and math.
Anyone can run a sticker campaign, but only if they are not already on the ballot. Sharon George contacted the Elections Division with a question regarding whether Mr. Bodnar would need to receive 50 extra votes - all other candidates had to pass this in on their nomination papers. The Elections Division stated that Mr. Bodnar does not need to receive any additional votes in a local election. The first 3 top vote-getters would win.
The last day for residents to vote in the town election is April 10th in the Town Clerk’s office which will be open until 8 p.m.
The Crier was unable to reach Mr. Bodnar for comment despite multiple attemps over several days.