WILMINGTON - On Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., all registered Wilmington residents can vote for candidates for the Wilmington and Shawsheen Tech School Committees and the Board of Selectmen. These are the only boards that have open seats this election year.
There are three open seats for the Wilmington School Committee — and, similarly, there are three candidates. Should voters choose to, they can elect Jo Newhouse, Jesse Fennelly, and Jay Samaha to represent the town on behalf of the public school system.
Newhouse has served on the School Committee since August, when she was voted into the seat by a joint School Committee-Board of Selectmen vote. Fennelly ran last year for the first time and Samaha is a newcomer.
There’s also one reelection candidate for the Shawsheen Tech School Committee, Robert G. Peterson Sr., not to be confused with Town Moderator Robert G. Peterson Jr.
For the one-year term on the Board of Selectmen, voters can select one out of the three candidates: Kevin MacDonald, Daryn Marsh, and Jomarie O’Mahony. While Kevin MacDonald has run for the Board of Selectmen a few times before, this is a new candidacy for Marsh and O’Mahony.
Finally, there are two open seats for three-year terms on the Board of Selectmen. Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel are both running for re-election for their seats where they’ve both served a single term. They’re challenged by Robert Fasulo, Suzanne Sullivan, Daniel Murphy, and Mark Maselli.
This is Fasulo’s second year in a row running for the board; Murphy emerges on this year’s ballot after running unsuccessfully in 2010. While Maselli enters the race this year for the first time, Sullivan has served on the board in the past.
Registration for the annual town election and also for the Town Meeting ended on April 8. Those registered can still apply for absentee voting until Friday, April 26 and send in their absentee ballots from now until polls close on April 27. The town clerk’s office shared that anyone who’s in line by April 27 at 8 p.m. will still be allowed to vote.
To find out precinct voting places and other voting information, visit the Town Clerk’s website.