Candidate signatures in; Ferrante withdraws from race

Candidate signatures in; Ferrante withdraws from race

NORTH PROVIDENCE - The three-person race for the North Providence School Committee at-large seat was cut down to two after candidate David Ferrante decided to withdraw his name.

All candidates for local and state government were required to submit signatures to the local town clerk's office by Friday, July 11.

Ferrante originally submitted his declaration papers to run for the at-large seat against incumbent Anthony Marciano and candidate Kenneth Amoriggi II.

Both Marciano and Amoriggi sent in papers with the required amount of signatures, but Ferrante did not.

"Upon further review of my personal work schedule and some personal family obligations, it's something I want to do, but it would be very hectic to cram everything in," he told The Breeze. "I'm the type of person that if I do something, I want to do it correct and 100 percent, and I don't want to do anything halfway. We'll see what's in the cards for me in two years."

Marciano, who is the current chairman, has served five terms on the School Committee and exceeded Republican candidate Michael Rollins in the polls during the 2010 election, 7,606 to 3,744.

His opponent, Amoriggi, previously ran for the District 3 Town Council seat against Kristen Catanzaro after beating Republican Deryk Faucher in the primary election. Catanzaro prevailed over him during the general election, however.

Both Amoriggi and Marciano will now square off in the Democratic primary on Sept. 9 and the winner will take the at-large seat.

Democratic incumbents Stephen Palmieri and Ronald Iannetta both returned their signatures and will run unopposed in the general election on Nov. 9.

Incumbent Donald Cataldi, who beat opponent Elizabeth DiGiorgio in the 2010 primary, is unopposed in this year's primary, but he will face Republican opponent Gail Cardin-Dean in November.