Republican Lucci withdraws from Portsmouth School Committee race

According to the listing on the RI Secretary of State web site, Republican Aurelio Lucci has withdrawn from the race for the Portsmouth School Committee.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.

Localblogging, 02871, Elections

Portsmouth endorsed School Committee Democrats win big

Rear: Larry Fitzmorris, Angela Volpicelli, Marilyn King; Center, Terri Cortvriend, seated second from right, Andrew Kelly, Emily Copeland waiting for results at Portsmouth Town Hall.

With 100% of precincts reporting, the endorsed slate of Democrats for Portsmouth school committee all won comfortably over the un-endorsed incumbents, according to the tally at the RI Board of Elections web site.

First-time candidate Emily Copeland led with 25.8%, followed by Andrew Kelly (24.3%) and Terri Cortvriend (22.8%). The two current school committee members trailed significantly, with Marilyn King picking up only 13.6% and Angela Volpicelli at 13.4%.

There were a significant number of undervotes in the race -- 469, according to results provided by the Portsmouth Canvasser, compared to only 43 undervotes in the Cicilline/Gemma contest at the top of the ballot.

My guess is that could mean there are about 450 voters in the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens base who are Democrats or unaffiliated, which, in this contest, proved not to be decisive.

Congratulations to all the candidates, and a big thank you to all the voters of Portsmouth who made the extra effort to get out for this primary.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee.

Localblogging, 02871, Elections

Fluke, Ledbetter, Richards among speakers at Democratic Convention

12aug20_dnc_logo.jpgSome of the most high-profile women in American politics will be front and center at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte next month, including Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, fair-pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced today.

Other speakers announced today are Caroline Kennedy, Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, actress and Obama campaign co-chair Eva Longoria, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth, Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana, and U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, "together with the women of the U.S. Senate."

Previously announced speakers include: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who will be the first Latino keynote speaker at a Democratic National Convention, President Bill Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Elizabeth Warren.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

Localblogging, 02871, Elections, RI, DNC2012

Portsmouth Democratic school committee candidates launch Facebook page


Portsmouth's Democratic candidates for School Committee (Terry Cortvriend, Andrew Kelly, Emily Copeland, and John Wojichowski) have launched a Facebook page for their campaign. With a September primary coming up for three of them — Cortvriend, Kelly, and Copeland — it's not too early to stop by and give it a like (and pass it along to your friends!)

If you've got kids in our schools, or you've been following education in Portsmouth, you'll recognize these folks. I'm sure they'll be using their page to introduce themselves to our neighbors and ask for our votes.

I trust Terri, Andrew, Emily, and John to do the right things for our kids and our schools. Hope you'll join me in supporting them.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee. My views are entirely my own.

Localblogging, 02871, School Committee, Elections

Portsmouth candidates set for November, September… and Never

According to the RI Secretary of State web site — as well as coverage on Patch, Portsmouth voters will see both uncontested races (Sen. Chris Ottiano (R-11) and Ray Gallison (D-69)) and a September Primary (there are six "Democrats" running for four seats on the School Committee.) I've learned not to rely on the Secretary of State web site for a day or so until things stabilize, but Sandy McGee at Patch seems to have gotten the info straight from Town Hall.

Oh, and there's also one puzzling filing. Phil Driscoll is apparently running for Town Sergeant, a position which was eliminated eight years ago. According to the latest revision of the Charter on the Portsmouth Town site:

505. Town Sergeant. (Repealed) There shall be a Town Sergeant who shall be a qualified elector. He/She shall be elected at the biennial election pursuant to provisions of state law. His/Her duties and prerogatives shall be those defined by statute. (Adopted November 7, 1972; eff. date July 1, 1973 REPEALED November 2, 2004, eff. date same.) [emphasis added]

Heh. Only in Portsmouth.

Full disclosure: I am an officer of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee; my views here are entirely my own. Don't worry, I'll have more to say about that School Committee race.

Localblogging, 02871, Elections, RI, GA

Portsmouth Water Board election next Wednesday, June 13

Next Wednesday, June 13, voters in the Portsmouth Water and Fire District (PWFD) will go to the polls to elect two Tax Assessors and one Tax collector for three-year terms on the administrative board. Voting takes place at the PWFD office at 1944 East Main Rd from 7am to 8pm — and remember, as now required by state law, you'll need some ID when you vote.

Incumbent Ted Czech and Michael Nott are running for Tax Assessor, and Fred Faerber is running for the Tax Collector’s seat.

This might seem like a low-impact election, but I'd urge you to get out and vote. With win numbers in the 400-500 range, this is the kind of contest where a dedicated group of wingnuts [cough PCC cough] could easily mount a surprise write-in campaign. In fact, the PWFD saw one of the few write-in victories in Portsmouth history back in the 90s, if my sources are correct.

Don't worry, I'll remind you again as we get closer to next Wednesday. But please, mark it on your calendar.

Localblogging, 02871, Elections, pwfd

Portsmouth's Cortvriend edged out in Democratic delegate election

With all the votes counted, according to the RI Board of Elections, Portsmouth's Terri Cortvriend came up 90 votes short in her bid as a Democratic delegate for President Obama. Here's the final tally:

Myrth YORK   2831    10.4%
Julie E. MEYERS     2153    7.9%
Anne W. CONNOR     2061    7.6%
Joseph R. PAOLINO, JR.    1986    7.3%
Onna A. MONIZ-JOHN    1880    6.9%
Mary A. GASBARRO     1833    6.7%
June S. SPEAKMAN     1776    6.5%
Brett P. SMILEY     1763    6.5%
Rebecca Kim MEARS    1694    6.2%
Tom CODERRE    1640    6.0%
Gerald Pedro CARVALHO    1369    5.0%
David A. SALVATORE     1344    4.9%
Terri-Denise CORTVRIEND    1280    4.7%
Herbert P. WEISS    1279    4.7%
Jeffrey M. PADWA 1260 4.6%
Douglas W. GABLINSKE 1063 3.9%

Terri did win Portsmouth, and, all things considered, placed very well for her first time in a statewide race. And, looking at the results, we're sending some great folks to Charlotte.

Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to everyone who turned out yesterday!

Localblogging, 02871, Elections, DNC

Portsmouth (and CD 1 folks) vote for Cortvriend (and President Obama!) on Tuesday

Vote for Terri on Tuesday!

This Tuesday, April 24 is Presidential Primary day in Rhode Island, and Portsmouth's Terri Cortvriend is a candidate for delegate to the Democatic National Convention, supporting President Obama. (She's number 4 on the delegate ballot.)

If you're a regular reader, you'll know Terri's service to our town: a staunch supporter of education who served on the school committee, she is currently the Portsmouth Water District commissioner. Anyone who knows Terri can tell you she is a dedicated member of the community who would represent Portsmouth and Rhode Island well at the convention in Charlotte.

You can find a sample ballot and information about polling places on the Secretary of State's Voter Information site. And remember — this year, you'll be asked for some identification at the polls, so be sure to have your drivers license or other official card handy.

Full disclosure: I am an officer of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee.

Localblogging, 02871, Elections, 2012

Cortvriend, Driscoll take Portsmouth Water board election

According to Portsmouth Patch, Terri Cortvriend and Phil Driscoll both swept the Portsmouth Water and Fire District voting with greater than 70% majorities.

Cortvriend was elected as Water Commissioner, and Driscoll re-elected as clerk.

In a Facebook post, Cortvriend expressed gratitude at the turnout. "Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the Portsmouth water board election," she said.

I will confess to a certain amount of satisfaction at seeing Terri wallop McIntyre, whose write-in campaign won him less than 100 votes. (In defense of my unseemly schadenfreude, see here and here.)

A big thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to stop by and vote. Thanks!

Full disclosure: YAAAAAAY!

Localblogging, 02871, Elections, pwfd

Editorial: The moral compass of Sen. Chuck Levesque

The following piece appeared in this week's Sakonnet Times, and was submitted to both the Newport Daily News and the Providence Journal.

Of all the election results last Tuesday night, there is none so saddening as the defeat of long-time progressive champion Sen. Charles Levesque of Portsmouth/Bristol. His loss hurts so deeply because of what it will mean for the whole state.

In his years in the legislature, Levesque showed a sensitivity and concern for the dispossessed that went beyond the boundaries of his district. And he did so without political calculation; his positions were selected not for popularity, but because they were morally right.

Those whose voices often get shouted down had a true ally in Levesque. Believers in marriage equality, criminal justice reform, support for the elderly, the HIV-infected, the poor, the undocumented immigrants. Even the prostitutes: his principled opposition to last year's law was not, as it was cynically represented, a vote in favor, but rather an attempt to protect the most desperate from being driven into the clutches of human traffickers by fear of prosecution.

There is a parable in Matthew, 25:40, where the Son of Man has come to separate the sheep from the goats, the righteous from the accursed, and His method is simple. 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

I have been proud to have had Sen. Levesque as my representative, and both Portsmouth and Rhode Island are better for his absolute commitment and moral compass. Thank you, Chuck.

John G. McDaid

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