Meet the candidates in the Republican Town Council primary

Meet the candidates in the Republican Town Council primary

SCITUATE – Only seven of the 11 Republican candidates will move past the primary next Wednesday, Sept. 12, to go on to the November election for the seven-seat Town Council.

The Republican Town Committee endorsed seven candidates, including incumbents Charles Collins, David D’Agostino, and Brenda Frederickson. Also endorsed are newcomers James Brady, Gary Grande, Abbie Groves and Tim McCormick.

The four remaining unendorsed Republican candidates are Brian Grossguth, Tammy Jean Pelletier, Brian Venditelli and Stacy Vezina-Wortman.

Primary winners will face seven other candidates for Town Council, making it a 14-person race on the general election ballot.

Endorsed Democrats Debra Archetto, and Kimberly Smith and independents Scott Amaral, Thomas Galligan, Nicholas Izzi, John Mahoney and Michael Payette will not face a primary before the general election.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

• District 1- Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Road

• District 2- Hope Elementary School, 391 North Road

• District 3- Chopmist Hill Center, 1315 Chopmist Hill Road

Meet the Town Council Republican primary candidates:


159 Westcott Road, Scituate

Age: 59

Years in Scituate: 42

Employment: Realtor at Scituate Realty

Education: Graduate of Roger Williams College and the Rhode Island Police Academy

Community Activities: Coached Scituate Little League baseball and soccer, member of the Scituate Lions Club

Public Service: 38 years police officer, retired

Family: Wife Ellen and four children, Kevin, Michael, Christopher and Timothy. Three grandchildren, Landon James, Conor Francis, and Avery Grace


224 Central Pike, North Scituate

Age: 65

Years in Scituate: Lifelong

Employment: Owner of Collins Burner Service and Charles A Collins Jr and Son trucking

Education: Associates at Bryant University

Community Activities: Chair of Department of Public Works Committee, and member of Budget Committee

Public Service: Scituate police officer for 33 years, retired. Town Council since 2006.

Military Service: Seven years Rhode Island National Guard


18 Neil Lane, Scituate

Age: 74

Years in Scituate: 48

Employment: Retired electrical contractor

Community Activities: American Legion 19, Scituate Ambulance and Rescue Corps

Public Service: Town Council since 2006

Military Service: U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve; Rhode Island National Guard

Family: Wife Jeanne and children David M. and Elizabeth


1051 Chopmist Hill Road, Scituate

Years in Scituate: 30

Employment: Director of property management at Frederickson Farms

Community Activities: North Scituate PTO; Scituate Foster Little League

Public Service: Town Council since 2008; volunteer at North Scituate Fire Department; on the Board of Directors for Rhode Island Farm Bureau; member of American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee


1 Hickory Drive, Scituate

Age: 62

Years in Scituate: 34

Employment: Owner and independent insurance agent at Grande Insurance Agency, REMAX agent with REMAX Professionals in East Greenwich

Education: Bachelor’s in business from the University of Rhode Island

Community Activities: Board member and coach of Scituate Foster Little League; recreational basketball coach; Scituate Youth Soccer Association coach for 17 years and board member for five years

Public Service: Development board member at Woman and Infants Hospital; board member of VNA of Care New England; Cub Scouts leader for 17 years. Operation Stand Down Rhode Island volunteer

Family: Married 35 years to wife, Dorothy Carlotti-Grande; two children, Daniel and Emily


10 Labrea Way, Hope

Age: 61

Years in Scituate: 24

Employment: Operations manager at Miyoshi America; part-time adjunct instructor at Bristol Community College; part-time Dryden safety consultant

Education: Bachelor’s in business management from Johnson & Wales University

Family: Married 35 years to wife, Yvette; two children, Lee and Jillian


7 Howard Ave., Hope

Age: 39

Years in Scituate: Lifelong

Employment: Teacher at Clayville Elementary School

Education: Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education and Master’s in Literacy from Providence College

Community Activities: Board member and past president of Scituate Lions Club; member, Scituate Recreation Committee; Scituate High School girls soccer assistant coach; former vice president of the Clayville PTO

Public Service: Volunteer with Rhode Island Children with Cancer; Rhode Island Sight Foundation; volunteers at events for Clayville Elementary School

Family: Four generations of Scituate residents


428 Trimtown Road, North Scituate

Age: 59

Years in Scituate: 29

Employment: Stock analyst at the Boston Company

Education: Bachelor’s in marketing from Niagara University; master’s in Finance from University of Binghamton

Community Activities: Scituate Lions Club, South County Habitat for Humanity; former president of North Scituate Public Library; former board member of Rhode Island Meals on Wheels

Public Service: Finance chairman at St. Joseph Church; Scituate Schools space need committee; chairman of the investigative committee for the renovation/ construction of town fields

Family: Wife Erika and four children, Meaghan, Deirdre, Colleen and Jack


227 Burnt Hill Road, Hope

Age: 56

Years in Scituate: Lifelong

Employment: Realtor with REMAX Central; pre-license instructor for the Rhode Island Association of Realtors

Education: Legal assistant associates degree from Johnson & Wales University

Community Activities: Former committee chairwoman for the Boy Scouts Pack 42 in Hope; volunteer for various fundraisers for high school music department

Family: Mother to Wayne and Elizabeth


32 Cooke Drive, Scituate

Age: 45

Years in Scituate: Two years, nine months, 12 days

Employment: Supervisor for site and utility construction

Education: Graduate of Johnston High School, apprenticeship from Local 57 Operating Engineers

Community/ Public Service: Police Station Feasibility Committee; Police Station Building Committee, Land Trust and Conservation Committee

Family: Married, two children


9 Azalea Court, Scituate

Age: 48

Years in Scituate: 8

Employment: Licensed insurance agent at John J. Clarke Insurance

Community Activities: Associate member of North Scituate Fire Department; member of Potterville Fire Department. Working with parents with Bullying and Special Needs issues. Volunteer on 2017 Scituate Softball Safety team, member of Recreation Committee, volunteer with the EMA CERT, member of Hope Mills Concerned Citizens

Public Service: Volunteer at Kent County YMCA and KCYMCA Leadership Club for 31 years

Family: Husband, Andrew Wortman. Two children, Kaitlyn and Leslie