Barring a candidate withdrawal, there will be three competitive races
Town Clerk Denise Graffeo has released the final list of potential candidates for the 2023 Annual Town Election. The last day to object to a candidate’s certification or to withdraw nomination papers is Tuesday, Feb. 28 by 5 p.m.
The 2023 Town Election will be April 1. The deadline to register to vote in this election is March 22.
Residents can connect with candidates at a meet & greet hosted by the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Luna Rossa.
Here are the residents running for various seats.
Race: Select Board (one three-year term)
Patrick 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.
Stephen Johnson is currently chair of the Tewksbury Planning Board. An attorney with Donovan Hatem LLP specializing in professional liability, insurance defense and coverage, and business and construction litigation, Johnson has served on the Planning Board since 2011 and as chair for six years. We recently interviewed him for our 2023 In Preview series.
Race: School Committee (one three-year term)
Kaitlyn (Katie) Anderson is a senior logistics manager at Raytheon. Anderson is also a PAC co-chair for the new Center Elementary School and is very involved in Tewksbury youth sports.
Race: Planning Board
Jonathan Ciampa holds a BS in Architecture from Northeastern and currently works as a project manager, senior estimator and safety officer at electrical construction and engineering firm John A. Penney Co. Ciampa served on the ESBC change order subcommittee and was appointed to the Planning Board in August.
Two-year unexpired term:
Jay Delaney previously served one five-year term on the Planning Board. He has lived in Tewksbury since 1954 and is a retired union electrician and electrical contractor with over 50 years in the industry.
Nicholas Lizotte is a first-time candidate. He is associate director of engineering at Wayfair and holds a degree in Computer Science from the Virginia Military Institute. He has lived in Tewksbury for six years.
Race: Board of Health (one three-year term)
Katlynn Bugda Gwilt is a first-time candidate. She holds a Bachelors of Science from Syracuse University in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Pharmacology from Northeastern University. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital.
George Ferdinand is seeking to return to the Board of Health, where he served from 2016 to 2019 before losing a reelection bid. He is a retired union autoworker who has previously run for Planning Board and Select Board.
Race: Housing Authority (one two-year unexpired term)
Ryan 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.
Race: Board of Library Trustees (two three-year terms)
Jessica Rauseo is a fourth-generation Tewksburian who graduated from TMHS in 2001. She has two children in Tewksbury schools, one a senior at TMHS and the other a sixth-grader at the Ryan. Rauseo works at St. Joseph the Worker Shrine in Lowell.
Race: Moderator (one three-year term)
Incumbent Dustin Weir is looking to continue in the moderator 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.
Candidates needed to collect signatures from 50 registered Tewksbury voters to get on the ballot.
For more information, visit the town’s Election & Voter Registration page.
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