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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 11-07-2018

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4 ELECTION 2018 NOVEMBER 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION to express motivates me to be an even better mayor for our great city. Pawtucket truly has a resiliency like no other." Norton had attacked Grebien on a number of fronts, saying the mayor should focus more on keep- ing hospital services in the city and taking care of the local rat problem than worrying about keeping the Pawtucket Red Sox. For the at-large race for City Council, the three top vote-getters in the primary, endorsed Democratic incumbents Michael Araujo and Albert Vitali Jr., as well as their ally Elena Vasquez, again took the top three spots, with Vasquez in second. Independents Melissa DaRosa and Rodney Barber finished outside the top three and off the council. The totals were 8,674 votes for Araujo (27 percent), 8,223 votes for Vasquez (25.5 percent), 6,834 votes for Vitali (21.2 percent) 4,637 votes for DaRosa (14.4 percent), and 3,570 votes for Barber (11.1 percent). After facing two Democrats in a primary, earning nearly half of the total vote, District 4 incumbent Democrat John Barry III had no trouble beating independent Pamela Braman, earning 1,874 votes, or 76.3 percent, to Braman's 572 votes, or 23.3 percent. Other council seats were not chal- lenged Tuesday. For School Committee, the seven Democrats who won the primary again came in the top seven of eight slots, with independent Jorge Gil coming in eighth place and out of the race. Winning seats, in order of vote totals, were incumbent mem- ber Joanne Bonollo, at 9,053 votes (14.9 percent), returning member Kimberly Grant, at 8,680 votes (14.3 percent), incumbent Erin Dube, at 8,025 votes (13.2 percent), newcom- er Roberto Moreno, at 7,755 votes (12.7 percent), Chairman Gerard Charbonneau, at 7,562 votes (12.4 percent), incumbent Joe Knight, at 7,303 votes (12 percent), and newcomer Stephen Larbi, at 7,055 votes (11.6 percent). Gil had 4,937 votes, or 8.1 percent, and there were another 498 write-in votes, accord- ing to online state data. Charbonneau said he is grateful to the voters of Pawtucket for the validation they showed for the local school team. "We have built a school district and School Committee the voters can be proud of," he said. "I want to thank our Supt. Patti DiCenso, whose leadership has resulted in some of the transformational chang- es we are seeing in our schools. Her work here has gained the district statewide accolades." One of the first orders of busi- ness in January will be to ensure DiCenso continues to lead the district for a long time, he said. In addition, said Charbonneau, school officials will start to have the open and honest conversations with all stakeholders on continued renova- tions plans. Turnout Tuesday, despite heavy rain in the afternoon, was almost exactly what City Registrar Ken McGill predicted, or about 16,000 voters and 35 percent of the city's total eligible voters. That was an increase on 2014, when 31 percent voted. For the city General Assembly seats on Tuesday's ballot, Democrats also fared well, incumbent District 61 Rep. Raymond Johnston eas- ily defeating Republican Nathan Luciano, with 69 percent of the vote total, and Senate 8 incumbent Sandra Cano won 76.7 percent of the vote, or 11,971 votes, against Richard Karsulavitch, who had 1,648 votes, or 26.9 percent. Senate District 18 incumbent William Conley handily defeated indepen- dent Jack Peters, taking 71.2 percent of the vote in Pawtucket and 73.4 percent of the total in the larger East Providence side of his district. Republican Jack Lyle won the House 46 race, covering a small portion of Pawtucket, defeating Democrat Mary Ann Shallcross Smith by about 2 percent of the vote, with John Cullen in a distant third. Shallcross Smith easily won the Pawtucket side of the vote. Pawtucket gave incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, a wide margin of victory locally, at 65 per- cent of the local vote to Allan Fung's 23.1 percent and Joe Trillo's 4.4 percent. She had about 52 percent of the vote statewide, to Fung's 37.6 percent. ELECTION From Page One BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE RHONA GIKO casts her ballot at Nathanael Greene School on Tuesday. MAUREEN and JIM FARADAY cast their ballots at the polling station in Slater Park on Tuesday. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. 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