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Bugda Gwilt Takes BoH Seat, While Weir Tops the Ticket

795 voters came out today, a 3.3% turnout

In the only contested race of the 2023 Tewksbury Town Election, political newcomer Katlynn Bugda Gwilt handily defeated former Board of Health member George Ferdinand for a single seat on that board, 564 to 208. The seat was vacated by Charlie Roux, who had served since 2011.

Dustin Weir, current Town Moderator, topped the ticket at 672, followed by Katie Anderson, School Committee candidate, who pulled the second most votes, with 669.

Last year, total turnout was 2,271, a 9.47% voting rate. This year, 795 of 23,891 voters came out.

Days before the election, retired educator and Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee Chair Cathy Dwyer launched a write-in campaign for the second open Board of Library Trustees seat; those results will be in shortly, but there were 113 write ins for Board of Library Trustees.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support from all those who came out to vote,” said Bugda Gwilt. “I want to thank everyone who worked on my campaign, and my opponent for a fantastic race. I look forward to getting to work for Tewksbury.”

Here are unofficial results from today’s election.

Select Board
Patrick Holland: 641
Blank: 141

School Committee
Kaitlyn Anderson: 669
Blank: 115

Planning Board
Jonathan Ciampa: 639
Blank: 151

Planning Board, 2 Year Term
Nicholas Lizotte: 598
Blank: 190

Board of Health
Katlynn Bugda Gwilt: 564
George Ferdinand: 208
Blank: 21

Housing Authority
Ryan Lloyd: 640
Blank: 150

Board of Library Trustees
Jessica Rauseo: 647
Write-ins: 113
Blank: 830

Dustin Weir: 672
Blank: 120

Download full unofficial results

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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