Representative District 41 Scituate/Cranston
Michael J. Marcello
Mike is seeking re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Recognized and respected as a reformer, Mike earned Common Cause Rhode Island highest ranking for his work and votes on ethics, judicial reform, open government, and other good government measures. A life-long resident of the District, Mike also was named as a Friend of Small Business by the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Association of Independent Businesses. He seeks re-election to contine his work on these important issues as well as his well known constituent services. You can learn more about Mike by vising his web site at www.mikemarcello.com
Sharon Johnson seeks her first run for town-wide office and is powerful challenger for the Town Treasurer position. Sharon is a well respected member of the Scituate Community. She is President of the local Rotary and is an active supporter and leader in the Girls Scouts of RI. Sharon was instrumental in organizing the Scituate Community Garden and is well versed in financial practices and procedures, as she works for a local CPA firm as a bookkeeper and administrative manager.
Pamela Carosi Jourbachi- Pam is an active in many local and state charities, Pam specializes in event planning and fundraising. Pam, her husband, and two daughters live in Hope. A small business advocate, Pam also assists in the family restaurant business –Uncle Tony’s Pizza and Pasta. Concerned about the rising property tax rate, Pam is eager to bring small business practices to the administration and governance of our town.
Kirk Rerick- Kirk is a licensed electrical, and is ready to energize town government. An advocate for open government and open spaces, Kirk pledges to broadcast town council and school committee meetings over the web. A leader in the fight to preserve the Lawton Farm as open space, Kirk knows how to organize people to get the job done. He and his wife Sue reside in Hope.
Marco Schiappa- Marco is a payroll systems analyst, HR consultant and small business owner. This is first run for office. Marco is known for finding solutions to complex problems, his skills as a problem solver will be a key component of his candidacy. He will bring energy, innovation and vision to Scituate’s Town Council.
Kara Fay- Kara is a respected lawyer and litigator; she is a partner in a successful law practice in Cranston. Committed to the rule of law, she will bring a needed voice on our town council and ensure that its policies, procedures, and actions conform to Rhode Island law. An involved parent, Kara can be found on the soccer field, football field, or at St. Joseph Church with her family.
SCITUATE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
SAL GELSOMINO is making his first run for school committee. Active in our community, Sal is the current president of the Scituate Foster Little League, Scituate Youth Association, and a coach at the Scituate Middle School. An assistant professor at New England Institute of Technology in information technology and a parent of three scituate school students, Sal understands the importance of a quality public education. He holds a Master’s degree in mathematics from Providence College and taught at North Providence High School. A committed parent and community leader, Sal knows what it will take to improve our educational system while demanding the wise use of our tax dollars.
COLEEN PENDERGAST is no stranger to Scituate’s schools. The mother of three current Scituate students, Coleen has the energy, passion, and ability to improve our educational system. Coleen is active in our community including serving as a CCD teacher at St. Joseph’s Church, Troop 53 Girl Scout volunteer, a former co-present of the Clayville School PTO, and board member of the Scituate Foster Little League. A graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in social work, Coleen is employed as director of senior and community programs at Senior Services Inc. He husband Kevin is a sergeant in the Scituate Police Department.
Director of Public Welfare
Neal Drobnis seeks the Welfare Directors seat. Neal is an artist, teacher and is well versed on social service delivery systems. He is currently the meal site administrator for the renowned Jewish Community Center in Providence Rhode Island.
John Tessitore is making his first run for this largely ceremonial post who main job is to keep order and protect the safety of the Town Council and maintain decorum at all town meetings. He is a graduate of Boston College and a frequent editorial contributor to the Providence Journal’s editorial page. He, his wife Judith, and their two daughters reside in Hope.
Marco Schiappa is seeking this office for the first time. The town moderator presides over the financial town meeting which sets the town’s budget and taxing authority. Employed as a payroll/accounting specialist, Marco is well suited for this important town position.