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Local Election Season Underway As Residents Pull Papers on Day 1

Housing Authority seat is contested

Five residents have thrown their names in for three of the nine seats that will be on the ballot April 1.

Incumbent Town Moderator Dustin Weir is looking to continue in that role. Weir drew praise for his handling of the May and October 2022 town meetings, which featured such contentious issues as the new zoning bylaw, new School/DPW facility and retail marijuana.

Patrick Holland is seeking the Select Board seat currently held by Jay Kelly, who has said he will not run for another term. Holland is currently a member of the Conservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee. He was recently part of the host committee for Sal DeFranco, who unsuccessfully challenged Senator Barry Finegold in the 2022 state election.

Residents Ryan Lloyd and Jerry Selissen are both seeking a single two-year unexpired term on the Tewksbury Housing Authority.

Lloyd is a Tewksbury native and 2009 graduate of Shawsheen Tech. He served for 12 years in the U.S. Air Force and holds a BA in Political Science & Government from American Military University.

Selissen is a well-known former moderator and Select Board and Finance Committee member who is currently active with the Tewksbury Lions Club, among other town organizations.

Kaitlyn (Katie) Anderson is the first to pull for the one open School Committee seat. She is currently a Senior Logistic Manager at Raytheon. Anderson is also a PAC co-chair for the new Center Elementary School, and is very involved in Tewksbury youth sports.

Interested in running?

Nomination papers are now available at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for these seats:
Board of Selectmen (1 Seat) – Jay J. Kelly
School Committee (1 Seat) – Keith M. Sullivan
Planning Board – 3 Year Term (1 Seat) – Robert A. Fowler
Planning Board – 2 Year Unexpired Term (1 Seat) – Jonathan T. Ciampa
Board of Library Trustees (2 Seats) – Lorraine H. Carriere, Patrick J. Joyce
Board of Health (1 Seat) – Charles J. Roux
Housing Authority – 2 Year Unexpired Term (1 Seat) – Vacant
Moderator (1 Seat) – Dustin T. Weir

The 2023 Annual Town Election will be held on Sat., April 1. The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers is Friday, Feb. 10, before 5:00 p.m., at the Town Clerk’s Office. You will need signatures from 50 registered Tewksbury voters to get on the ballot.

For more information, visit the town’s Annual Town Election – Running for Public Office page.

Lorna is a U.S. Army veteran and 25-year resident of Tewksbury who has written for organizations ranging from the DIA to InformationWeek to a free weekly in New London that sent her to interview the pastry chef at Foxwoods.

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