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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-13-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Mutter new mayor of Cumberland Jeff Mutter surprised by his win over Mayor Bill Murray, with 54 percent of the votes CUMBERLAND – Cheers erupted from Jeffrey Mutter supporters gathered at Angelo's Palace Pizza Wednesday night as primary election results began to pour in, with Sen. Ryan Pearson stepping up on a chair at 8:20 p.m. to declare Mutter the presumptive may- or-elect of the town of Cumberland. "I don't really have anything prepared because I wasn't really prepared to win," Mutter joked when the floor was turned over to him. "I want to thank everyone who helped, those who voted for me and knocked on doors." He added that he appreciates incumbent mayor William Murray for running a cam- paign free of personal attacks. "That was important to me, I think it was important to him, and it's important to poli- tics in general," he said. "I am surprised," he told The Valley Breeze when the vote count totaled 3,007 in his favor and 2,606 for Murray, or nearly 54 percent of the total votes cast, in the winner-take-all primary. "I'm not kidding, I'm surprised," he said. "It was always going to be a tough race ... I was appreciative when the first polling place came in and it wasn't going to be a shut out." he said. "When more started coming in, I knew it would be close." Before the polls closed, Mutter said, "the campaign was a very interesting journey … it was probably more than I expected. You still have your life, your job to balance." By NICOLE DOTZENROD and ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Staff Writers See MAYOR, Page 2 Cumberland Mayor-elect JEFF MUTTER, above right, celebrates his win over incumbent Mayor Bill Murray in the Democratic primary with his wife, JENNY MUTTER, and TONY ALBUQUERQUE, of Cumberland, at Angelo's Palace Pizza Wednesday night. (BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY) Cumberland Mayor BILL MURRAY comforts his grandchildren as they react to his loss Wednesday night at the mayor's campaign headquarters in the former Let's Party store on Mendon Road in Cumberland. (BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE) ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2018 EXTRA! 2018 Primary Election Results Serving Cumberland I n t r o d u c I n g I n t r o d u c I n g 144 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI 02864 Website: E-mail: Office: 401-724-8650 Fax: 401-725-1690 Floors You Love ~ Service You Expect Family Owned & Operated Since 1986 new In Stock Luxury Vinyl Flooring RigidCore • Floating • 100% Waterproof • Kid & Pet Friendly Barrell Braly Whitfield Gray 12 Months 0% Interest Financing *for qualified buyers see store for details

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