EAST GREENWICH, RI – Polling stations are closed for Tuesday night’s special election in East Greenwich, and soon residents will know who gets elected to an open seat on the school committee.
City officials called a special election when Lori McEwen, a member of the Democratic School Committee, resigned on June 30 after leaving East Greenwich. If McEwen had resigned after more than a year of his tenure, city council would have appointed a replacement. But given the circumstances, the city held a special election and saw Democrat Nicole Bucka and Republican Peter Carney vie for McEwen’s former seat.
Bucka’s experience includes two terms on the East Greenwich Local Special Education Advisory Committee and on the Governor-appointed Interagency Coordinating Council. Bucka was also a member of the Superintendent’s Selection Committee, the School Reopening Committee and the East Greenwich School Department Strategic Planning Committee.
During the campaign season, Bucka has said she wants to build on the higher education and career development programs at schools in East Greenwich.
“I think we can build on our successful college pathway programs and develop career pathway programs by partnering with local businesses and technical education providers,” Bucka said in his candidate profile Patch.
Carney was not elected, but hopes to bring his experience in the private sector to the school committee. Carney has worked as a residential lending professional and has overseen the New England market for his business for the past six years. He said he was responsible for a large budget, as well as COVID-19 workplace safety for his region.
Carney said he spent over a year attending school committee meetings and wanted to bring a new perspective to the group.
“There is a lot to go for our elected committee members, and I have great respect for their willingness to serve the community, as it is clearly an incredible investment of time and energy,” said Carney. in his candidate profile. “As a community member who has been very involved in committee meetings for over a year now, I have seen this with my own eyes. However, with presentations and commentary from the administration and committee that refer to topics such as reinventing education and redefining accomplishments as we know them, as well as facility improvement projects at the Continuing study and navigation of education in the COVID era, I want to be involved in leading these topics and engaging the community broadly on every critical issue we face as a district. “
Although voter turnout figures are not yet available, canvassing clerk Elaine Vespia said turnout was higher than she thought. At 6 p.m., she said there were over 1,000 people who voted on Tuesday. More than 500 people have also voted at advance polls in the past 20 days, Vespia said.
Patch will update this story with live election results for the East Greenwich School Committee race as they arrive. Check back for updates.
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Unofficial results of the 2021 East Greenwich special election
The numbers represent the total votes.