Four East Providence pols face potential 2020 election primaries

Ferreira on School Committee; Conley, Kazarian, Serodio at the state level

By Mike Rego
Posted 6/24/20

EAST PROVIDENCE — Four incumbent members of the School Committee and four from the city’s General Assembly delegation seeking re-election could possibly have opponents after the 2020 …

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Four East Providence pols face potential 2020 election primaries

Ferreira on School Committee; Conley, Kazarian, Serodio at the state level

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Four incumbent members of the School Committee and four from the city’s General Assembly delegation seeking re-election could possibly have opponents after the 2020 candidate filing deadline passed Wednesday afternoon, June 24.

Canvassing Department Director Leslie Shattuck-Moore said the last of the three-day filing period, which began on Monday, June 22, was the busiest, several prospective candidates submitting the necessary paperwork late in the afternoon.

Making things a bit more hectic than usual was the continued restricted access to City Hall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates were only allowed inside the building two at a time.

As for the races, several could potentially need to contest primaries in September if all candidates return the necessary number of signatures by early next month.

Four-term Ward 2 School Committee incumbent Anthony Ferreira is being challenged by both Max Brandle and Damian Ramos. The top two vote-getters in the unaffiliated race in September advance to contest the November General Election.

The other potential School Committee races feature chairman Charlie Tsonos challenged by Michael Budziszek Jr. in Ward 1, first-time candidates Jenni Azanero and Frank Fogarty facing off for the vacant Ward 3 seat and four-term At-Large member Joel Monteiro being challenged by former member Chrissy Rossi.

First-term holder Karen Oliveira opted not to seek re-election in Ward 3.

The At-Large contest is a rematch from 2018, won by Mr. Monteiro in a relatively tight race.

The only School Committee member running unopposed in three-term incumbent Jessica Beauchaine in Ward 4.

At the state level, Jose Serodio, finishing his first term as the Democratic State Representative from District 64, is being challenged within his party by both Ashley Pereira and Brianna Henries. The winner of the potential primary will run unopposed at the general.

In House District 63, four-term incumbent Katherine Kazarian is also being primaried by a pair, Paul Moura and Brian Coogan, for the Democratic nomination, the winner running unopposed in November.

Four-term incumbent Democrat Bill Conley represents a shared district, E.P./Pawtucket, in Senate 18. He is being challenged for the Democratic nomination by Cynthia Mendes. Like the Kazarian-Moura, the winner runs unopposed at the general.

And one-term incumbent Democrat Val Lawson is being challenged by Independent Major Pettaway for the Senate District 14 seat. That race goes directly to the general in November.

Another four-term incumbent, Democrat Gregg Amore from House District 65,  runs without an opponent as do Democratic incumbents Liana Cassar, in House 66, and Cynthia Coyne, in Senate 32, who both also represent shared districts between E.P./Barrington and E.P./Barrington/Bristol, respectively.

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