PLAINVILLE — Two sitting Republican Board of Education members will be running in a primary on Sept. 10, one seeking to retain a board seat and another looking to win a spot on the party’s ticket for Town Council.
School board vice chairwoman Nicole Palmieri said she feels the 34 Republican Town Committee members who selected the party’s endorsed candidates don’t represent the views of all Republican voters in town. She is hoping to win the primary and a spot on the party’s line for a Town Council seat.
“I think it would be helpful to have someone who understands the Board of Education budget be on the Town Council,” she said. “The Board of Education budget is very detailed and I think members on the Town Council don’t get as (much) of an in-depth look.”
Incumbent Lori Consalvo is seeking a spot among the four Republican slots for the Board of Education. She was appointed to the board on Aug. 20, 2018, after the resignation of then-chair Andrea Saunders, who moved out-of-state.
“I just feel since I spent the entire year on the board I've learned so much and I don't want that to go to waste,” she said, adding that she only missed a party endorsement by two votes. “I also worked hard with the budget and worked hard to curb the spending … “
GOP Town Chairman Gayle Dennehy-Carrier said she looks forward to the primary.
“We look forward to the voters selecting the Republican slate in November to continue their work to implement sound fiscal policies and balanced budgets,” she said.
The town committee endorsed incumbents Ty Cox, Katherine Pugliese and Deborah Tompkins to return to the Town Council, as well as newcomer Jacob Rocco and David Underwood, who served on the council for one year in 2001.
For the Board of Education, the town committee endorsed Chairwoman Deborah Hardy and member Laurie Peterson to return to the board for full-length terms, joined by Michael Guiliano. Rachel Buchanan was endorsed for a two-year seat on the board.