Candidates declare for council, school board seats

Candidates declare for council, school board seats

Few of town's legislators face opposition

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Several challengers declared their intention to run against incumbents on the North Providence Town Council and School Committee last week, but few of the town's senators and representatives in the General Assembly will face opponents in 2014.

The District 2 Town Council race is the busiest, with incumbent John Lynch potentially facing three other Democrats in a primary to hold onto his seat. If everyone gets their required signatures in by a July 11 deadline, Lynch will face off against former Councilor Joseph Giammarco, who lost in the 2012 election to District 2 Councilor William Warren, former School Committee member Tami Leva, and former declared candidate Raymond DeStefanis.

Incumbent at-large Councilor Alice Brady, a Democrat, will face a likely challenge from independent Shane Piche after both declared their intention to run prior to last Wednesday's filing deadline.

For Anthony Marciano's at-large seat on the North Providence School Committee, Democrats Kenneth Amoriggi and David Ferrante both say they'll challenge the incumbent Democrat in a primary.

In School Committee District 2, incumbent Democrat Donald Cataldi faces a challenge from Republican Gail Cardin-Dean, the only member of the GOP running for local office.

District 3 Town Councilor Dino Autiello, a Democrat, and District 1 Councilor Stephen Feola, also a Democrat, will both run unopposed in 2014.

District 1 School Committee member Ronald Iannetta and District 3 member Stephen Palmieri, both Democrats, will not have opponents in 2014.

North Providence has staggered elections, meaning only one School Committee member and one Town Council member from each district is up for election every two years.

Not many of the town's General Assembly incumbents face opposition in 2014. One of the few exceptions is Sen. Frank Ciccone, of Senate District 7 in North Providence and Providence, who will face off against fellow Democrat Doris Mayleni Delossantos.

Sen. Dominick Ruggerio, of District 4 covering parts of North Providence and Providence, will also run without an opponent.

Incumbent Rep. Arthur Corvese, of District 55, Rep. William O'Brien, of House District 54, and Rep. Ray Hull, of House District 6 covering part of Providence and North Providence, are all running without opposition.

Sen. Edward O'Neill, an independent incumbent serving Senate District 17 in Lincoln, North Providence and North Smithfield, faces a challenge from Democrat Keven McKenna.

Sen. Stephen Archambault, a Democrat serving District 22 in Smithfield, North Providence and Johnston, is set to face off against declared candidates David Fasteson, a Democrat, and Hasan Alsawaf, a Republican.

The race for Senate District 15, which covers a portion of the eastern end of town, will feature incumbent Democrat Donna Nesselbush, Republican Steve Lemois, and independent John Monahan.

Rhode Island's statewide primary is Sept. 9 and the general election is Nov. 4.