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Bendel, Caira Are Proven Leaders for Wilmington

April 24, 2019

Anybody that knows me, knows I love our wonderful town of Wilmington for so many reasons. Volunteerism, commitment, compassion and of course patriotism are just a few. I have had the pleasure to work with many men and women throughout my thirty plus years in town that have volunteered decades of their time to help others. Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel are two men that truly exemplify the heart and soul of our town. Kevin and Greg and their families have volunteered decades to the town, whether it be with one of the many fraternal organizations in town or on a board, committee or event for the town, these two gentlemen are always there, ready to roll up their sleeves and help.

If I had to say there is one thing in town I am not proud of, it is definitely the way some people have handled themselves throughout this current election season. I have seen good men have their names slandered, and their families have had to come to their defense, all because their opposition wants to replace them on the Board of Selectmen.

Please don’t get me wrong, I sat on that board for nine years and I admire anyone that wants to volunteer on the BOS or any other board in town. However, I do not believe anyone has the right to personally attack the men that currently sit in the seats, just because they want to replace them. Kevin and Greg have made every decision with the best interest of all the residents in mind. You may not agree with all of their decisions and that is okay, but it does not give anyone the right to attack their character.

Setting up a fake social media account is not a good campaign strategy for anyone, and I wish people would just knock that stuff off. From some people who want change, I have heard, “The residents in town are getting disrespected,” but I am quick to remind them that respect is a two-way street.

And as far as I am concerned, a small group of people have treated the current members of the Board of Selectmen with anything but respect. In an effort to discredit these gentlemen for their owner political purposes, I have read and heard numerous references to the “political elite.” Who is the “political elite” anyway? Is it the people that have been popularly elected by the residents of Wilmington, based on their track record of public and volunteer service? Is it really a bad thing that someone is popular because he has spent years of his time volunteering for the betterment of the town, rather than spending most of his waking hours trying to tear other people down on social media?

As a resident, I believe Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira have done an outstanding job for our town. As the director of veterans’ service for the town, a job that I have been honored to have for the last 14 years, I would like to publicly thank both of these men for supporting, and being there for, all the veterans that live in Wilmington and surrounding communities. Greg and Kevin are the only sitting selectmen or candidates for selectmen that have made it a point to attend every veterans event, parade and dedication ceremony even before they were elected to their current position.

I have never seen some of the current candidates for selectmen at any veterans events -- and I mean ever. Both of these men truly care about the veterans of Wilmington and have proven to be supporters for many years. I believe it is disingenuous at best to say you support veterans if you have never been to a Memorial or Veterans Day event. Clearly some of Greg and Kevin’s critics disagree, but in my book, respect is earned and following a chain of command is everything. I have the utmost respect for Kevin Caria and Greg Bendel. They are proven leaders and I hope you will join me voting for both of them for Selectmen on April 27.