This March in Wilmington there will be a contested election for a two-year seat on the selectboard. Bruce Mullen, a former selectboard member, is running for the seat.
Over the years Mullen, a local business owner, has volunteered for many Wilmington and Deerfield Valley organizations and has been honored for his contributions to the community. After being elected to the Wilmington Selectboard in 2008, he resigned in 2010 in order to protest the direction that he perceived was being pushed by part of the selectboard to change the form of town government by diminishing or eliminating the position of town manager. Now, after the appointment of a fourth different town manager in a year-and-a-half, he believes it is time to utilize and populate the selectboard as it was intended; a policy-setting and pro-active board devoted to the recovery of the town and directing a fully qualified town manager and staff.
His opponent for the two-year seat has a full-time job and elected position as Wilmington Town Clerk as well as being a member of the Wilmington Selectboard. This is a circumstance that has required frequent recusals from votes whenever a conflict of interest arose. I believe that at this critical time in the restoration of our town it is essential that our selectboard devote their time and full attention to the work at hand so that we can maximize our limited resources and rebuild the Wilmington of the future. I urge Wilmington voters to cast their vote for Bruce Mullen for a two-year term on March 6.