Dos Reis-Couto wins Coventry District 1 School Committee seat | Kent County Daily

COVENTRY – Residents of Coventry District 1 have made their decision, and Ana Isabel dos Reis-Couto will be the one to join the current four members of the Coventry School Board.

With 233 votes, according to preliminary results, dos Reis-Couto won the special election held this week to fill the school committee seat that was left vacant when Luke Murray resigned in December.

Bethany Chatterley, dos Reis-Couto’s opponent in Tuesday’s election, won 133 votes.

In a statement posted to social media, dos Reis-Couto wrote on Tuesday evening that she was “tremendously grateful” to her family, friends and supporters for their contributions to her campaign and for the faith they have shown in her. .

“To the voters who came out to vote, I sincerely thank you and thank you for taking the time out of your day – for believing in me – which holds me accountable to serve with honesty, honor, respect, positivity and conviction to defend the Coventry Public Schools Mission,” dos Reis-Couto, a Coventry resident since 1993, wrote on her Facebook page.

Born in Portugal, dos Reis-Couto said she hopes to be a voice in local government for the Luso-American community of Coventry. She is passionate about education, she said in an interview earlier this year, and believes students should leave school with the tools to become responsible global citizens.

Newcomer to politics, dos Reis-Couto also thanked her opponent in the special election, noting the “considerable courage and hard work” it takes to run for office.

“You have contributed to the democratic process, and I wish you well,” she wrote to Chatterley.

Dos Reis-Couto will be sworn in at a city council meeting after the election results are certified next week. She will serve the remainder of a four-year term that expires in November 2024.

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