By JOSH RESNEK
In a stunning turn of events, School Committee Chair Frank Parker, a longtime School Committeeman, has apparently withdrawn his name for re-election according to city hall officials.
His withdrawal from the race coincides exactly with the taking out of nomination papers last week by Jeannie Cristiano, the city’s popular and durable Veterans Agent, herself a former councilor for many years.
“I want to give back,” Cristiano told the Leader Heralds.
“I want to be involved again with the schools and the children of this city. This is why I am running for a seat on the School Committee,” she said.
Parker was unavailable for comment.
It is believed Parker felt he could not maintain his seat with Cristiano in the race, according to sources.
Cristiano is an avid campaigner with a citywide base and following throughout the city.