State Representative Jim Miceli weighed in on the high school appeals process this summer. Now, his opponent in the upcoming election is offering his thoughts on the topic and other issues facing Wilmington.
Tewksbury selectman Doug Sears said the high school project is the No. 1 concern that he hears while talking to residents on the campaign trail. Sears said he understands why some parents in town may be frustrated by the process.
“If I were a parent in the Wilmington schools and my child would be on the cusp of going to a brand new school, all I have to do is look at the brand new school in Tewksbury to visualize how excited I would be,” said Sears. “If there were folks who are trying to slow it down for reasons that may be less than scientific, I might not be very happy.”
In recent years, Wilmington has faced ongoing debate about the public comments section of meetings.
Sears said he saw those issues first hand as a spectator at Wilmington’s Annual Town Meeting this spring.
“I admire the patience with which the Board of Selectmen treats dissident opinions that come before the board,” said Sears, who said he believes these issues have caused Wilmington residents to participate less in local government. “I can see how ultimate democracy can discourage participation by others.”
In addition, Sears pointed to the recent hang up with the Middlesex Ave./Glen Road intersection project as another issue facing Wilmington. He said the project needs to be a high priority because of the public safety concerns the intersection presents.
“Having an opportunity to have jurisdiction to act in Wilmington would make this a high priority for me because it’s a high priority for those who live near this accident prone site,” said Sears. “It’s just time. It’s time that it happened.”
Though Sears is a Tewksbury resident and board member, he said he believes Wilmington residents can trust him to put their concerns at the top of his priority list.
“I have a lot to learn from Wilmington,” said Sears. “Wilmington is new territory, I want to be able to represent Wilmington as zealously as Miceli did when he started in 1977.”