Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Portsmouth School Committee welcomed new members this past Tuesday.
The Portsmouth School Committee unanimously elected member David Croston to serve as its new chairman on Tuesday night. The committee also unanimously elected newcomer Terri-Denise Cortvriend as the vice chairwoman, according to meeting highlights. Thomas Vadney was elected to serve as clerk. Croston welcomed the school committee's newest members: Emily A. Copeland, Cortvriend, Andrew V. Kelly and John L. Wojichowski. All of the new members are Democrats. All of the members were voted into office during this past General Election. The school committee also accepted the resignation of Robert Ettinger, principal for Hathaway Elementary School. The school department recently posted an advertisement for this position. To see more from the…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
New members of the Portsmouth Town Council and School Committee were sworn into office Monday night.
A new political era took the helm in Portsmouth on Monday night. All elected officials of the Portsmouth Town Council and School Committee were officially sworn into office at Town Hall. The newly elected officials are mostly Democrats, who won big on election night after defeating several Republican incumbents. Girl Scouts began the evening ceremonies with the Pledge of Allegiance and "Star Spangled Banner." Outgoing members of the town council made closing remarks except Judi Staven, who was absent. Outgoing council President Joseph Robicheau thanked the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens (PCC), his wife and the bartenders of Fieldstones Grille for "staying open late." Senator-elect Chris Ottiano and Reps.-elect Dennis Canario, John …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Votes were recounted today at the State Board of Elections.
More than a week after the General Election and a recount of all ballots, a winner has been declared in a race for Portsmouth Town Council. Elizabeth "Liz" Pedro was determined to be the winner after a recount was held Friday afternoon at the Rhode Island Board of Elections office in Providence. Pedro, the Republican incumbent, won the recount by just one vote. "I congratulate Ms. Pedro on a good race and wish her well on the council," said her opponent, Democratic candidate Leonard Katzman. "I want to thank all those who voted for me, and thanks are due as well to the Portsmouth Democratic Party for their support of my candidacy. "I am exceptionally pleased that Portsmouth Democrats won a controlling number of seats on the Town …
Friday, November 9, 2012
After a difference of only 3 votes proclaimed the winner, the runner-up is now seeking a recount.
Leonard Katzman, who lost by just more than three votes in the Portsmouth Town Council race, is now seeking a ballot recount. Katzman, who was the projected winner on Election Day, received three votes less than his opponent — a total of 3,786 votes — after the mail ballots were counted. His opponent, Republican incumbent Liz Pedro, received 3789 after mail ballots were counted. Katzman is now requesting a recount with the state Board of Elections. "At about 1 p.m. today I filed a formal request for a recount in the Portsmouth Town Council race," Katzman wrote in a released statement. "As of the final tally of the race, including paper ballots, I trail the last winning candidate by only three votes. "I believe that our optical scanner …
A count of mail ballots results in a difference of only 3 votes for one Portsmouth Town Council race!
The state Board of Elections' count of nearly 1,000 mail ballots in Portsmouth on Thursday resulted in a new winner for the Portsmouth Town Council race. In a difference of only three votes, incumbent Republican Elizabeth Pedro took the final seventh seat on the council with 3,789 votes. The previous projected winner, Democrat Leonard Katzman, received a total of three votes less than Pedro. It is unknown at this time if Katzman will request a recount of the votes. Featured below is the final tally of votes, including mail ballots. 6035 Local Ballot Question
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A Republican member of the Portsmouth School Committee has stepped down, but says the election was not a factor.
Portsmouth School Committee member Jonathan H. Harris submitted his resignation on Wednesday morning, only a day after the General Election. However, Harris, vice chairman of the school board, says the election was not a factor in his decision. "The election outcome was not a factor at all," Harris wrote in an e-mail. "I had decided to resign three months ago once I reached the two-year mark of my service. Doing so after the election allows for an easy transition of another candidate to be appointed rather than be elected. "Had I resigned prior to the election, I was advised that a special (costly) election would be required. This timing also allows a new person to come in at the same time with newly elected people so they have time to …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The final results are expected this afternoon.
As the Board of Elections tallies the absentee ballots today, incumbent State House of Representatives candidate Dan Reilly, District 72 (Middletown, Portsmouth), remains optimistic about the race. “At this point, I am anxiously awaiting the results of the mail ballots, which I do believe will make this race even closer, if not successful for me,” said Reilly. Although challenger Linda Finn of Middletown leads by 87 votes, the absentee ballots are still outstanding. Between the two towns, over 1700 voters requested a mail-in ballot. The Board of Elections said an official count will be available this afternoon. Finn won Middletown by 296 votes but lost Portsmouth by 209 votes. Nearly 1,000 voters requested a mail-in ballot in Portsmouth. …
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Portsmouth residents came out in huge numbers Tuesday to cast their ballot in the 2012 election. For the Portsmouth Town Council, voters chose Democrats and a few new faces to lead the board. With nearly 1,000 mail ballots still to be counted, the results are still not official. Town Council Republican incumbents, including President Joe Robicheau, Paul Kesson, Liz Pedro and Judi Staven, did not win re-election according to preliminary results. For School Committee, however, voters also favored the Portsmouth Democrats. Andrew Kelly, only 21, was elected to the board. Check out the preliminary election results below! Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with …
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