East Providence Council seats head to primaries with filing deadline


EAST PROVIDENCE — Primaries were the order of the day in the City Council races in East Providence as the deadline to file for the November elections came and went Wednesday afternoon, June 25.

A small group of interested parties gathered at City Hall to get their first look at the official filings made to the Canvassing office. On it, they found all four Council wards and the At-Large spot with at least three candidates, meaning a run-off will take place in September with the top two vote-getters moving on to the General Election two months later.

The last of those to file forced the need for the final primary. Brian Faria, son of Democratic City Committee Chairman John Faria, barely beat the 4 p.m. end time, submitting his papers to run for the Ward 4 Council seat against incumbent Chrissy Rossi and Tim Conley, the sitting Ward 4 School Committee member who opted against running for re-election to that board.

In Ward 2, Eric Zollo filed Wednesday, creating a primary there against incumbent Helder Cunha and the previously announced Brian Casto.

In the race for the open Ward 1 seat left vacant with incumbent Jim Briden's decision not to run again, Ed Lynch and Robert Britto were joined in the race Wednesday by David Sullivan.

Incumbent Tracy Capobianco received a challenge from Rumford resident David Boucher previously and from Michael Baptista, of Hicks Street, Wednesday.

Ward 3's primary was set earlier in the week with incumbent Tommy Rose facing a challenge from Candy Seel, Joseph Carter and Chelsie Tague.

While the Council races are packed with candidates, most of the School Committee seats will be contested, but won't include primaries.

Incumbent Tony Ferreira faces a challenge from Wednesday filler Gary Pascoa in Ward 2. The same is true for incumbent Richard Pimental in Ward 3 from Nathan Cahoon.

Another Wednesday filer, Jessica Beauchaine, will challenge Karen Doucette for the Ward 4 seat vacated by Mr. Conley.

Two races are uncontested meaning At-Large incumbent and Committee Chairman Joel Monteiro is unopposed in November as is Charlie Tsonos in Ward 1, the former Committee chair likely cruising to a return to the school board.

In the state races, freshman District 63 Rep. Katherine Kazarian, a Democrat, faces a November challenge from Independent candidate Danielle Boucher, who is the sister of At-Large Council candidate David Boucher and lives in Rumford at the same Catlin Avenue address.

District 64 Rep. Helio Melo, also a Democrat, picked up a November opponent Wednesday when Robert Botelho, of Mercer Street, submitted his papers to run as a Republican.

At least two of the five other locally elected officials on Smith Hill will run unopposed — Sen. Daniel DaPonte (D-Dist. 14) and Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65). Sen. William Conley (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) and Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence) awaited filings from their combined districts.

Also, 11-term Sen. David Bates (R-Dist. 32, East Providence, Bristol, Barrington) officially announced Wednesday his decision not to run for re-election. Barrington Town Council member Cindy Coyne previously announced her candidacy as a Democrat for the seat. Former Republican Party State Chairman Giovanni Cicone is expected to be the GOP candidate.


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