Boucher challenging Ezovski for town administrator

Boucher challenging Ezovski for town administrator

NORTH SMITHFIELD – For the second election cycle in a row, Town Administrator Gary Ezovski will face off against former Town Council President Robert Boucher, who declared his intent to run for the administrator’s seat last week.

The two first faced off in 2016, when Ezovski defeated Boucher by a wide margin in a race for the seat vacated by former administrator Paulette Hamilton. A former state representative, Boucher stepped down as Town Council president to run for administrator in 2016 and ran on a platform of investment in public safety and opposition to the formation of area charter schools. He could not be reached for comment as of press time on Tuesday.

In the Town Council race, four of the five incumbent town councilors will seek re-election, including President John Beauregard, Vice President Paul Zwolenski, Councilor Claire O’Hara and Councilor Teresa Bartomioli. Councilor Thomas McGee will not seek re-election.

Incumbent town councilors will face challenges from Douglas Osier Jr., who currently serves on the Budget Committee, and Paul Vadenais, who serves as chair of both the Municipal Building Review Task Force and the Charter Review Commission.

On the seven-member School Committee, four seats will expire in November, including the elected seats of Arthur Bassett and Merredythe Nadeau, who do not intend to seek another term, and the appointed seats of Paul Jones and Francesca Johannis, who both announced their intent to run for the vacant elected seats. William Connell, an attorney and former School Committee chair, also announced his intent to run, bringing the total number of School Committee candidates to three.

Those numbers could all change during the next election cycle depending on whether voters approve referendum questions related to changes to the town charter in November. Paul Vadenais, Charter Review Commission chair who is also seeking a seat on the Town Council, told The Breeze the referendum questions have not yet been formally scheduled, a responsibility which falls to the Town Council, but may include four-year terms for all elected positions, eight-year term limits, staggered terms for Town Council and a seven- rather than five-member Town Council. The proposed amendments also include the change from an elected to an appointed administrator and a five- rather than seven-member School Committee.

“Some of the issues could be bundled together, while others would stand alone,” said Vadenais. “It is my understanding that this will be on the Council agenda July 16.”

In the General Assembly races, incumbent State Rep. Brian Newberry (District 48) will run unopposed, while the races for the town’s three State Senate districts drew a number of candidates, many of them from outside North Smithfield.

In District 24, shared between North Smithfield and Woonsocket, town resident Glenn Dusablon announced his intent to run as an independent for the seat vacated by Sen. Marc Cote, who will not seek re-election. Dusablon, founder of the Veterans Memorial Museum in Woonsocket and a retired electrician with ties to local unions, will face off against four Woonsocket candidates, including current City Councilor Melissa Murray (Democrat), perennial candidate Michael Disney (independent) and political newcomers Carol Frisk (Democrat) and Richard Garrepy (independent).

In District 23, shared between North Smithfield, Burrillville and Glocester, town resident Jessica de la Cruz will run as a Republican for the seat vacated by Sen. Paul Fogarty, who does not intend to seek re-election. De la Cruz will face off against several candidates from out of town, including Kevin Heitke (Democrat), John Pacheco III (Republican) and Paul Roselli (Democrat), who dropped out of the race for Rhode Island governor to support fellow candidate Matt Brown.

The race for District 17, shared between North Smithfield, Lincoln and North Providence, drew no North Smithfield candidates, but will feature incumbent Sen. Thomas Paolino (Republican) as he faces challengers Dennis Lavallee (Democrat) and Keven McKenna (Democrat).

The full list of candidates for public office is as follows:

Town Administrator

• Robert Boucher, 32 Woonsocket Hill Road

• Gary Ezovski, 88 N. Main St.

Town Council

• Paul J. Zwolenski, 7 Robin Way

• Claire V. O'Hara, 16 Summit Ave.

• Teresa Bartomioli, 1 Taylor Drive

• John A. Beauregard, 18 Edward Ave.

• Douglas B. Osier, Jr., 1984 Providence Pike

• Paul Vadenais, 31 Greenwood St.

School Committee

• Paul M. Jones, 9 Oaklawn Road

• William J. Connell, 29 Maple Ave.

• Francesca Johannis, 490 Mattity Road

State Senator

District 17

• Dennis Lavallee (D)

• Keven A. McKenna (D)

• Thomas J. Paolino (R)

District 23

• Jessica de la Cruz (R), 120 School St.

• Kevin D. Heitke (D)

• John F. Pacheco III (R)

• Paul A. Roselli (D)

District 24

• Michael Disney (I), 939 Bernon St., Woonsocket

• Glenn F. Dusablon (I), 23 Elizabeth Ave.

• Carol A. Frisk (D), 1216 Logee St., Woonsocket

• Richard L. Garrepy (I), 112 Farm St., Woonsocket

• Melissa A. Murray (D), 268 Prospect St., Woonsocket

State Representative

District 48

• Brian C. Newberry (R), 53 Follett St.

Comments

This SPEND ! SPEND ! SPEND! Attitude MUST GO ! What can we lose ! Vote Gary OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please vote Gary the spender out. I can't afford any more tax increases. Also the school committee spenders need to be reigned in.