New blood joins Johnston Democratic Town Committee


The special and sincere smile on Stephen “Steve” Mandarelli’s face was brighter than usual the other night inside the Johnston Democratic Town Committee (JDTC) Headquarters at 1505 Atwood Ave.

That’s because, via a show of hands and Chants of “I,” Mandarelli was unanimously elected to represent District 2 on the JDTC committee.

“I’m honored and excited to join the democratic town committee,” said Mandarelli, who for the past 16 years has been the Chief Financial Officer at the Gary Salzillo-owned and operated Northeast Auto Body on Hartford Avenue. “I’m looking forward to working for the best interests of all Johnstonians.”

First and foremost, said Mandarelli, “I want to thank Joseph Polisena Jr. for his confidence in me and I appreciate having an opportunity to represent District 2 on this important committee.”

Polisena Jr., who has been a member of the Town Council and served District 2 Committee Chair, can — according to the by-laws — can nominate resident to fill a void if, in fact, one occurs.

“Stephen is a great addition to the Democratic Town Committee,” Polisena, who is a candidate for mayor, emphasized. “I’m excited to have him join us. With a young family he recognizes the importance of getting involved in our community to keep Johnston moving forward and making it a great place to raise as family. I’m looking forward to the new ideas he will bring to benefit all Johnston residents.”

Mandarelli, who along with his wife Felicia have two sons — Gianni, 7, and Jaxon 5, is no stranger to the sports and political groups in Johnston.

He was nominated then joined the Housing Board this year and previously served for three years on the all-important Planning Board.

Likewise, Mandarelli has been volunteering to coach youth soccer, basketball and tee ball for the past four years and as he proudly noted: “We have a great town; I was born and raised in Johnston.”

Mandarelli is a communicant at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in Providence, and as JDTC Chairman Richard J. DelFino Jr. said after the vote: “We welcome Steve. He’s respected in a number of important areas, and we welcome him and happy he will be part of our committee.”


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