Conley challenges Rossi for East Providence Ward 4 Council seat

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Challengers entering their respective races made up the bulk of those who filed election papers Tuesday, June 24, in East Providence.

The most noteworthy entrant into a race Tuesday was Tim Conley for Ward 4 City Council. The sitting School Committee representative from the same ward, Mr. Conley has opted against a re-election bid and instead is challenging Council incumbent Chrissy Rossi, who filed for her bid on Monday. (To view Mr. Conley's candidacy announcement click here...)

Also for the City Council, Brian Castro submitted papers to run opposite incumbent Helder Cunha in Ward 2. In Ward 3, two newcomers, Joseph Carter and Chelsie Tague, have entered the race to unseat Tommy Rose, who also faces a challenge from Candy Seel.

In the open Ward 1 race, left vacant when incumbent and Council president Jim Briden opted out of the race, former councilman and state rep Ed Lynch declared as did Robert Britto and newcomer Robert Silva. Both Mr. Lynch and Mr. Britto were unsuccessful candidates in 2012. Mr. Lynch lost to Mr. Briden in the Ward 1 Council race while Mr. Britto was runner-up to Katherine Kazarian in the Democratic Primary race for the then reconfigured District 63 House seat.

Finally, At-Large incumbent Tracy Capobianco faces a challenge from Tuesday filer Rumford resident David Boucher.

For the School Committee, only incumbent At-Large representative and chairman Joel Monteiro filed on Tuesday. Monday, four submitted papers, including first-time candidates Karen Doucette in Ward 4 and Nathan Cahoon in Ward 3.

As for the state races, Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65) and Sen. Daniel DaPonte (D-Dist. 18) filed their papers Monday as did Rep. Kazarian and Helio Melo and Sen. Billy Conley.

Of note as well, Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66, East Providence, Barrington) and Sen. David Bates (R-Dist. 32, East Providence, Barrington, Bristol) file their papers in their respective hometowns, both from Barrington. City Canvassing officer Leslie Shattuck-Moore said each will send copies of their papers to East Providence as well.

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