Portsmouth voters knock incumbents from school board

Portsmouth voters knock incumbents from school board


Portsmouth Democrats favored newcomers over the two incumbents for Portsmouth School Committee in Tuesday’s primary election. Marilyn King and Angela Volpicelli, Democrats who have been school committee members for four years, were voted out, in favor of Emily Copeland, who received the most votes, followed by Andrew Kelly and Terri-Denise Cortvriend.

About 10 percent of registered voters voted in the primary: 1,223 of 10,840 voters.

Here are the votes for Democratic candidates for Portsmouth School Committee (3 seats; 4-year term):

  • Emily Copeland: 817
  • Terri-Denise Cortvriend: 725
  • Andrew Kelly: 772
  • Marilyn King: 437
  • Angela Volpicelli: 427

A count of the 47 mail ballots produced no change in the outcome.

The primary winners’ odds in the November election have improved since Republican Aurelio Lucci withdrew his candidacy or one of the three 4-year seats School Committee seats up for election.

Now Norbert Rattay is the only Republican competing for one of those seats against the three Democratic primary winners —  Emily Copeland, Terri Cortvriend, and Andrew Kelly.

The other School Committee race, to fill the seat vacated by Cynthia Perrotti, will be a competition between Republican incumbent Mike Daly and Democrat John Wojichowski.


  1. Congratulations to all three winners. But I have a concern. 7 poll sites with only 10% of registered voters voted (normal). So, why were the schools closed? This was only a primary. This town has enough locations to support a primary. There truly was no need to close schools. Did the other towns in RI close cancel school?

    Would love to know how much this one day, 7 poll site with all the workers cost the Town.