TEWKSBURY – Although less hectic than the 2020 election year, the local political scene in Tewksbury still saw some notable action in 2021.
Thinking back to the annual municipal elections in April, Tewksbury saw competitive races for both the board of directors and the school committee.
The Select Board race marked the return of former member Todd Johnson to the board, having won seven of eight ridings. Johnson, along with newcomer James Mackey III, took the victory over longtime Select Board member Mark Kratman and former Board of Health member George Ferdinand.
In the competitive school committee race, Bridget Garabedian and Nick Parsons won the two available seats ahead of longtime incumbents Jamey Cutelis and Deb Wall. With a key issue throughout the race being transparency and the relationship between school administration, teachers and families, this election marked the first time the Tewksbury Teachers Association has approved a local election. In their approval, they expressed their support for Parsons and Wall.
The past year has also brought about some changes in the length of the terms of the members of the Planning Council. At the special town hall meeting in October, residents voted to shorten the term from five years to three years. While the current members of the Planning Council will serve until the end of their five-year term, all members elected in the future will meet the new three-year limit.
The special town meeting also marked the renaming of the Tewksbury Selection Board to the Selection Board. Supporters highlighted the name change as a way to support equality and inclusiveness for non-male board members.
Coming in 2022, residents of Tewksbury will participate in the annual municipal elections in the spring, as well as the federal / state midterm elections in the fall. The annual municipal elections will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The 2022 midterm elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
Notable offices on the ballot include the governor, as well as representatives of the US Congress from Massachusetts.
For more information on how to register to vote, where to vote, etc., visit https://www.tewksbury-ma.gov/town-clerk or contact the city clerk’s office by phone at 978-640-4355.