Almeida is tops in Bristol school committee race

Almeida, Reich and McGovern win three seats on regional school board

By Ethan Hartley
Posted 11/8/22

Voters elected Jessica Almeida (3,062), re-elected Carly Reich (2,471), and elected Adam McGovern (2,427) out of the eight eligible candidates on the ballot for school committee.

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Almeida is tops in Bristol school committee race

Almeida, Reich and McGovern win three seats on regional school board


Voters have spoken regarding the three available seats to represent Bristol's six members on the Bristol Warren Regional School Committee – electing Jessica Almeida (3,328), re-electing Carly Reich (2,783), and electing Adam McGovern (2,705) out of the eight eligible candidates on the ballot.

They will be joined by one newcomer from Warren, Kyle Jackson – who won handily with nearly 70 percent of the vote in that community (2,165 votes to challenger Jarrod Hazard’s 920) – and the five who currently sit on the committee: Marjorie McBride, Nicky Piper, Sarah Bullard, Karen Cabral, and Tara Thibaudeau. Victor Cabral, Erin Schofield, and Sheila Ellsworth opted not to run again.

Anthony Morettini came in fourth in voting with 2,297 votes, followed by Richard Ruggiero (2,259), Margaret Elise Richards (1,952), William O’Dell (1,620), and Brian Bradshaw (1,467).

Reached Tuesday night, Almeida said that she was humbled by the showing of support from Bristol voters, and that she was committed to her vision for improved transparency and communication from the school, and keeping kids at the focus of all issues. At the same time, she said it was important to work with all members of the committee.

"As much as I'm excited I got in, I myself cannot change everything that I think needs to be changed, because at the end of the day there are nine of us and it always comes down to a vote," she said. "I am a voice that will keep our children at the center of the focus of every topic we discuss, and I do believe I can make a difference, but nine of us have to work together. At the end of the day, nine people with different opinions can be difficult at times. I just want to keep the kids as the focus and get back to basics; our children's education, their core education, communication, and transparency. Those are things I will focus on and hopefully bring to the table."

McGovern said he was excited for the opportunity.

“I feel excited. I'm glad that the hard work paid off,” he said, adding he got up at 5:15 in the morning on Tuesday to arrange canvassing activities. “I think we're a lot more united than it might have appeared. I’m hoping we can build off the positive things we've done in the last few years and continue to go in the direction forward that we all want to go...I want to maintain a level of professionalism and hopefully, as a group, we can work together.”

Reich said she was grateful but was also "surprised" by the results.

"I'm grateful to be serving a second term," she said. "While I was surprised about the results, this is what our voters decided are the priorities for Bristol. I'm going to continue doing what I'm doing and standing up when I need to and being a squeaky wheel."

To see Bristol's full election results, click here.

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