South Coast Today published an excellent overview of the Governor’s Council 1st District race. This is the most contested of the Governor’s Council races with 7 candidates running. It is also the most confusing – as there are two brothers running with the same name – Oliver Cipollini – one as a Democract and one as a Republican:
In the midst of a campaign season Joseph A. Ureneck, like the other six candidates vying for Governor’s Council District 1, finds himself having to clear one major hurdle: voter incomprehension.
“The Governor’s Council is a black hole for most people,” said Ureneck recently. “It exists and they have no idea what it does.”
The council’s main duty is to confirm approval of gubernatorial appointments â€” namely judges, notaries, justices of the peace â€” weigh in on criminal pardons and act on payments from the state treasury.
The body, comprised of eight members with the lieutenant governor serving as an ex officio member, meets once a week, at noon on Wednesday in the State House Chamber.
Council members, elected every two years, draw a salary of $26,025.