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.