City Council will Attempt to Block Preliminary Election in 11-person at-large Race

It appears that the at-large race will be forced into a Preliminary Election this time around as 11 candidates were certified for the ballot on Tuesday afternoon – the exact number required for a September Preliminary.

However, city councillors will move this coming Monday to block the election and eliminate it as they did in 2009.

In some last minute wrangling, Molly O’Hara decided to drop out of the race, leaving only 10 candidates.

However, a last minute entry came from Jessica Ann Giannino of Sigourney Street – who took out papers and got certified for the ballot in only 24 hours. It was a pretty impressive feat for a first-time candidate.

She is the daughter of popular Revere Police Sgt. Chris Giannino.

That move – along with a few others – pushed the number to 11.

Meanwhile, several sitting at-large councillors have moved to eliminate the Preliminary once again.

Two years ago a similar situation unfolded, and councillors got the state to allow them to eliminate the Preliminary Election – much to the chagrin of a handful of challenging candidates.

Many councillors said it was a one-time situation designed to save the City $50,000 in Election costs.

However, now councillors seem to be calling for the same thing again – having scheduled a Special Meeting to address the issue of eliminating the election.

Candidates include:

• Brian Arrigo, 10 Ocean Ave.

• Billy Bell, 420 Blvd.

• Mike Carter, 882 Winthrop Ave.

• John Correggio, 30 Graves Rd.

• Jessica Ann Giannino, 14 Sigourney St.

• Robert Haas, 155 Fenley St.

• Victoria Laws, 376 Ocean Ave.

• Steven Morabito, 84 Florence Ave.

• Albert Terminiello Jr., 21 Eastern Ave.

• Cheryl Whittredge, 1021 Winthrop Ave.

• Anthony Zambuto, 87 High St.

In a much larger race – but one that will not have a preliminary – the mayoral ballot has been set, with Councillors Dan Rizzo and George Rotondo the only two candidates.

In Ward 3, Bob Raduazzo – of Patriot Taxi – had indicated about a month ago that he planned to take out papers and make a serious run for that seat.

However, by late in the afternoon on Tuesday, he had not returned nomination papers and it was uncertain if he still planned to run.

In Ward 1, Councillor Richard Penta will face challenger Gregg LaCedra of 118 Pearl Ave.

In Ward 5, Council President John Powers will face off against Frank Sabbio, of 420 Blvd.

In the School  Committee race, the race will feature all the incumbents, plus one newcomer and one familiar face.

Ann Raponi will return for another run for the seat – having been unseated last time around, and Rick Freni will also make a run for the seat, having tried unsuccessfully for Ward 4 last time.

2 comments for “City Council will Attempt to Block Preliminary Election in 11-person at-large Race

  1. July 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Well This move is known as a incumbent protection act. It is to prevent the new younger candidates from obtaing any exposure. Two incumbents members of the council are in trouble with the voters. They both should not even be running as questions about their thousands of dollars in expense account money reimbursements have been raised. No receipts are demanded from Zambuto and Correggio. Why? If Billy Bell is elected the very FIRST MOTION he will present is not to pay any expense account without a receipt being presented.

  2. July 31, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I do not wish to see the Revere tax payers pay the cost of a primary (estimated at $50,000) just to eliminate 1 name from the ballot.

    I would also be a liar if I did not mention I would selfishly prefer to have the extra time to meet as many Revere voters as I can. However I can not help but feel that the council pulling the “save money” card  every time they allegedly want to appoint someone Mayor of Revere or help some incumbents get reelected has to stop immediately. If they really want to save money why not eliminate their fat expense accounts that cost the voters $50,000 a year and as Mr. Bell points out have no accountability. If you were running a business would you allow employees to come in and say  ” I need $500 for expenses this month” with absolutely no proof? If I am fortunate enough to be elected, my first motion will be to eliminate the expense accounts all together,reduce the base pay for the council office by 50% and eliminate any possibility of elected officials  receiving compensation for “longevity”. If it really is about the money they need to prove it! Eliminate this primary and all future primaries. Unless.. there is some other reason you wish to eliminate this primary? We are waiting for your answer gentlemen.

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