By Aaron Keebaugh
Residents, city councillors, and state officials gathered in the social hall at the Beachmont VFW last Thursday night for the kick-off fundraiser hosted by Councillor-at-Large Jessica Giannino’s reelection campaign.
Last year, Giannino, daughter of popular Revere Police Sergeant Chris Giannino, was elected to the city council—to one of the coveted at-Large seats. She and Brian Arrigo were new, young faces in a council long dominated by seasoned politicians. As the youngest female ever elected to such a position (she was 20 at the time), her election made local and regional headlines.
“I never thought a year ago that I would be standing here for a reelection campaign. But we’re here! We did it!,” she told her supporters that evening. “We all appreciate it… All of you are here for us,” she added, referencing her family’s support in the campaign. “That’s why I’m here, so that I’m there for you on Monday nights.”
Councillors Arrigo, Haas, Powers, Zambuto, Guinasso, and Correggio came to support their colleague Thursday night. Mayor Dan Rizzo, State Senators Anthony Petrucelli and Sal DiDomenico, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo also made appearances.
The evening was also a special one for Councillor Giannino’s grandparents, “Christy” and Joann Giannino, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the following Sunday.