ELECTION UPDATE Jason Samaha Pulls Papers To Run For School Committee

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — It’s been slow going for the Wilmington School Committee race this election cycle despite three seats being up for grabs.Jo Newhouse, who was appointed to the School Committee over the summer, is seeking re-election, but two of her colleagues — Julie Broussard and Tom Talbot — are choosing to leave the board. Last year’s runner-up, Jesse Fennelly, is giving it another try.For nearly two months, no additional candidates had stepped forward to seek one of the three seats. That all changed on February 28, when Jason Samaha pulled nomination papers from the Town Clerk’s Office, approximately one week before the filing deadline.Samaha has been a teacher for nearly 20 years. He currently serves as a Special Education teacher at William McKinley School in Boston. He received his Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and Master of Education in Special Education and Teaching from UMass Boston.Samaha has been married to his wife Amanda, a guidance counselor at the Shawsheen Tech, for 16 years, and they have twins Nick and Avis, who are 7th graders at the Middle School. They’ve lived in Wilmington for the past eight years.Samaha’s recent experience on the Wilmington Middle School Principal Search Committee played a role in his decision to run for School Committee.“I was really impressed with the teachers, parents, and school administrators I met. I was able to hear from all of these stakeholders about the district and the middle school in particular,” Samaha told the Wilmington Apple. “I noted the great need for consistency in Wilmington in terms of leadership. We’ve had an interim principal for a few years at the middle school, the Woburn St. principal is leaving, and there is a new Superintendent. As someone who has worked in schools for 20 years, I am fully aware that inconsistent leadership does not promote quality schools. Wilmington is a very strong school district but we can, should, and need to continue to move forward toward excellence and I would like to be a part of that movement.”According to Assitstant Town Clerk Linda Golden, here are how the races stand as of March 1, one week before the Friday, March 8 (5pm) filing deadline:Wilmington Board of Selectmen — 2 seats — 3-year termsGreg Bendel (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 1/11 — certified on 1/14Kevin Caira (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — returned on 2/8 — certified on 2/11Robert Fasulo, Jr. (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5 — has not yet returnedMark Maselli (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/11 — has not returned yetDaniel Murphy (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/18 — returned on 1/28 — certified on 1/30Suzanne Sullivan (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/5  — has not yet returnedWilmington Board of Selectmen — 1 seat — 1-year termDaryn Marsh — pulled papers on 2/5 —returned on 2/19 — certified on 2/21Jomarie O’Mahony — pulled papers on 1/30 — returned on 2/19 — certified on 2/19Wilmington School Committee — 3 seats — 3-year termsJo Newhouse (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/4 — has not returned yetJesse Fennelly (challenger) — pulled papers on 1/7 — returned on 2/20 — certified on 2/21Jason Samaha (challenger) — pulled papers on 2/28 — has not returned yetIncumbents Julie Broussard and Tom Talbot have announced they aren’t seeking re-election.Shawsheen Tech School Committee — 1 seat — 3-year termRobert Peterson Sr. (incumbent) — pulled papers on 1/3 — returned on 2/1 — certified on 2/2To get on the ballot, nomination papers, with at least 50 valid signatures from Wilmington voters, are due back to the Town Clerk by Friday, March 8.The Annual Town Election will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Polls will be open from 8am to 8pm.NOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To The Wilmington School Committee RaceIn “Government”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE Q&A: Samaha, Newhouse & Fennelly Discuss District’s Special Education DepartmentIn “Education”last_img

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