Newcomers register challenge for council, administrator in day 2 of N.S. declarations


NORTH SMITHFIELD – On the second day for declarations of intent to seek elected office in North Smithfield, a half dozen residents submitted papers at the Town Clerk’s office, including one newcomer who intends to run for the role of town administrator.

Providence Pike resident Jason C. Allard declared his intent to run for the seat, currently held by Administrator Gary Ezovski. Ezovski has announced he will not be seeking a third term, and School Committee member Paul Jones has also announced that he hopes to win the position.

Allard, a 54-year-old lifelong resident of the town and North Smithfield High School graduate, is the owner of J.C.A. Enterprises.

On the Town Council, Christopher Simpkins, Stephen Corriveau and Christopher Chamberland added their names to the list seeking seats on the five-member board. On Monday, two incumbents registered their intent to run.

School Committee members Margaret Votta and Jean Meo also declared intent to seek reelection, adding their name to a list of four incumbents running for three available seats. A change to the town charter approved in 2018 reduced the number of school board members from 7 to 5, eliminating the two previously appointed positions.

All hopefuls must declare their candidacy by the 4 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, June 24. The final list of names will be announced here..

NRI NOW is offering all local candidates the opportunity to discuss their background and platform. Those interest should send biographic information to To see information on those who have already announced their platforms, visit the “politics” tab above.

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