According to the listing on the RI Secretary of State web site, Republican Aurelio Lucci has withdrawn from the race for the Portsmouth School Committee.
That leaves Republican Norbert Rattay the only opponent running for one of the three four-year seats up for election. With the defeat of the two unendorsed incumbents last week, that means that Emily Copeland, Terri Cortvriend, and Andrew Kelly will be the only ones appearing on the Democratic line.
The other race -- for the unexpired two-year term of former chair Cynthia Perrotti -- will be a head-to-head matchup between Republican incumbent Mike Daly and Democrat John Wojichowski.
With four slots on the ballot, and one Democrat, Dave Croston, already on the committee, this latest development would appear to give the Democrats a shot at restoring balance to the board.
Full disclosure: I am a member of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee.