The Scituate Democratic Town Committee

The Scituate Democrats: Building a Brighter Tomorrow

Our Candidates

School Committee

Colleen Pendergast

Colleen Pendergast

Coleen is seeking re-election to the School Committee.  During her first term in office, Coleen has been an outspoken advocate for better schools and athletic facilities.  She was a leading proponent of the $4.9 million school bond, which was passed overwhelmingly by the voters in November 2017.  In addition, she has demanded accountability of school administrators to ensure that they are serving the best interests of the students and our district.

Married to Scituate’s former School Resource Officer, Kevin Pendergast, she and her husband have three children, all of whom have attended Scituate schools.  A licensed social worker with a degree from Rhode Island College, Coleen in committed to continuing the progress necessary to improve our public schools.

In her next term, she intends to support the new administrative staff as they align and develop a district curriculum that will help ensure that our students remain competitive.  In addition, she will continue to insist on systematic and continued support of school infrastructure, including technology, as she works with the other elected members of the School Committee.

Kristin Polseno

Kristin Polseno

A resident of Scituate for fourteen years, Kristin and her husband, Fred, have two children who attend Scituate schools.  Kristin graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Communication Studies and went on to earn a second B.A from Rhode Island College in Secondary Education, where she was awarded the Katherine Murray Outstanding Future Teacher Award.

After teaching English at Cumberland High School, Kristin, a recognized education leader, was one of only nine Rhode Island educators selected in 2011 by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to serve as a mentor for new teachers throughout the state. During her time as a RIDE mentor, not only did Kristin receive ongoing professional development from the New Teacher Center, “a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning,” she also presented at workshops and teacher trainings throughout the state.

In 2016, Kristin earned a Master’s degree in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island, where she was awarded the Maurice Tougas Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement & Leadership. She currently works as a Library Media & Marketing Specialist at Mount Saint Charles Academy.

Kristin has dedicated her professional life to improving education. She is passionate about literacy and reading, personalized learning, the social and emotional wellbeing of students, school safety, and professional development and support for educators. She is eager and committed to joining the School Committee and to working with parents, students, teachers, and our new administrators to propel our schools back to the top!

Michael J. Marcello

Michael J. Marcello

A life-long Scituate resident and product of the Scituate school system, Mike is a recognized leader in education policy and open government.  He earned his B.A. in government with honors from Colby College and went on to obtain a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.  A former member of the Town Council and a four-term State Representative, Mike has a deep understanding of educational policy, state funding, and programs, and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the School Committee to ensure that Scituate schools take full advantage of all state funding and program dollars..

A practicing attorney with Lewis Brisbois LP in Providence and a former solicitor, Mike’s experience in negotiating and implementing contracts will be an invaluable asset to the Committee.  He has a strong record of supporting our public schools as a member of the town’s Budget Committee, and will be a tireless advocate for parents and teachers with the goal of returning all of our schools to the high performing standards deserving of our families, taxpayers, and students.  The recipient of Common Cause Rhode Island’s Excellence in Public Service Award in 2017, Mike will demand excellence and accountability from our educational system and be a tireless advocate for transparency.

Town Council

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith

Kim is running for the Town Council to bring a much needed balance and a fresh perspective to Scituate’s main governing body. She brings 15 years of professional work experience in the environmental consulting industry as a cultural resources manager. With a Master’s of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology from East Carolina University, she will bring knowledge of business practicalities, including project management expertise and a keen understanding of both State and Federal environmental compliance legislation.

Kim will be a voice for Scituate’s rich local heritage as well as a steward and advocate for the town’s environmental concerns, including our vital relationship with the Providence Water Supply Board and the Scituate Reservoir. And as the parent of a four-year-old who will be attending Scituate’s schools, Kim will also bring a keen family perspective to the Town Council.

As a member of the Council, Kim will not shy away from asking the necessary hard questions. She will is committed to being pro-active and transparent, and she looks forward to the opportunity to serve our town and to represent all constituents of Scituate.

Debra Archetto

Debra Archetto

A registered and licensed Rhode Island pharmacist, Debra is a native Rhode Islander and has lived in Scituate for 22 years. She and her husband, Paul, are the parents of two adult children, Casandra and Matthew, both of whom attended Scituate’s public schools.

Active in her community, Debra served on the School Improvement Team of North Scituate Elementary School, working with the principal and teachers to improve learning and safety for the children. She also volunteered in her local church, working as a religious education instructor and a youth minister.

Debra is seeking a seat on the Town Council with the goal of insuring integrity, transparency, and stability to our town government. No stranger to working collaboratively with others, Debra is eager to build on past progress while demanding accountability and efficiencies in town government.

Town Treasurer

Shawn Scott

Shawn Scott

A native Rhode Islander and a resident of Scituate for over a decade, Shawn attended business school at Bryant University where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master of Business Administration degrees.  He also teaches at Bryant University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business at the University of Rhode Island.  The spouse of a public school teacher, he and his wife, Amanda, are supporters of public education; and Shawn is eager to work with the Town Council and School Committee to give them the necessary strategic financial advice and guidance to ensure that our town establishes a strong financial foundation. Their son attends Clayville elementary school.

With extensive experience in the private sector advising companies such as Hasbro, Shawn will bring a business persons approach to the financial management of our town.  He is also the President of a consulting business that helps local business start-ups gain success and helps larger companies grow.

Shawn pledges to address the town’s critical pension issues in a straightforward manner, while working cooperatively with the Town Council to develop strategies to address the town’s bond ranking and to increase its tax base.  First among his priorities will be to ensure that the any renewed tax treaty with the Providence Water Supply Board is fair and equitable to the taxpayers who host it.

Town Clerk

Margaret Long

Margaret Long

As Town Clerk, Margaret “Peg” Long is the only full-time elected official in our Scituate.  Peg was first elected as Town Clerk in 2000 after serving ten years as a member of the Town Council.  Under her leadership, she modernized the office by implementing computerized land evidence records, started e-mail notification to residents to keep them better informed of town meetings and events, and has recently modernized and updated the town’s website.

A certified municipal clerk (CMC) as well as a license pharmacist, Peg is a URI graduate and a past president of the Rhode Island and New England Association of Town Clerks. She has overseen the State Archives as a member of the Rhode Island Secretary of State Board of Directors as well as been on the Board of Comprehensive Community Action.   Her office serves as the gateway to most other town departments, and Peg and her staff continually strive to serve all of Scituate’s residents in an equal and professional manner.

Director of Public Welfare

Neal Drobnis

Neal Drobnis

Neal J. Drobnis has been a resident of the Town of Scituate for over 25 years. He is married to Peg Pinkey, a former member of the Town Clerk’s staff, and their two grown children both attended Scituate’s schools. Neal currently manages an elderly community site in Providence where he helps address the needs of its patrons, and where he has developed an extensive network of contacts and agencies that will assist him as the town’s next public welfare director. Neal received a Master’s Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is recognized nationally as a talented glass blower whose works have won recognition by art museums, including RISD.

As a candidate for Scituate’s Director of Public Welfare, Neal has a deep concern for residents who are in need of basic services. He believes it is vital that our community address problems of food insecurity and the need for home heating assistance during the winter months. Neal plans to tap into the resources offered by state and federal agencies to enhance local funding and to develop programs that help our underserved residents.

Board of Assessment

Patricia Patterson

Patricia Patterson

Patricia is making her first run for the Board of Assessment Review, which hears property tax assessment appeals from local residents. A former licensed real estate agent, and a resident of the town to Scituate where her daughter attends Scituate’s public schools, Patty will ensure that all residents are treated in a fair and open way before the Board.

State Representative District 41
Scituate/Cranston

Michael Steiner

Michael Steiner

Michael Steiner graduated from Scituate High School and served on active duty for six years in the US Navy.   He spent five years aboard USS Nimitz and earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal.  After his honorable discharge, he returned home to Scituate and chose to continue serving as a reservist at the Naval War College in Newport.

Michael earned his Bachelors in Science in Economics from the University of Rhode Island, and while attending URI was active in the Student Veterans Organization among other executive committees.  He is also a veterans’ advocate and served three AmeriCorps terms of service.  Michael is an alumni of Leadership Rhode Island and a 2014 RI New Leaders Council fellow.  Michael is passionate about transparency and accessibility in government and has testified in the past at the State House on numerous General Assembly bills.

State Senator District 21

Scituate/Foster/Coventry/West Greenwich

James Safford

James Safford

James is a lifelong Scituate resident who has done a fair bit of traveling as well, living in the UK and other US cities.  He attended Scituate High School and graduated with the class of 1996.  He attended both RIC and URI for undergrads in Business and a BA in Anthropology.  He also attended Plymouth State University for post graduate studies in Archaeology and Historic Preservation.  He is a member of the Land Trust Committee in Scituate and a member of the Conservation Committee in Scituate.  James has worked in the local housing industry for the better part of the last 20 years, is a local historian and writer having worked on many local projects over the years.  James was an Archaeologist in New England, and preserving history is paramount to him.

Bipartisanship – Accountability – Accessibility

“I will represent the residents of my district to the best of my abilities as I seek to preserve the quality of life we hold so dear to us.”

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