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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-05-2018

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CUMBERLAND – Democrat Stephanie Gemski, a 30-year-old first- time candidate for Town Council in District 1, said she had no idea what to expect going into Tuesday's election against independent incumbent Jim Metivier. Gemski didn't have to wait long to learn that she'd ousted Metivier by just 66 or so votes, putting her in a position to advocate for some of the district improvements she cam- paigned on. "I'm so excited to actually see results happen in District 1," she said, pledging to work hard on such initia- tives as developing green spaces and beautifying Broad Street. Metivier is a good guy, said Gemski, but just hasn't done enough to advo- cate on behalf of his district. Gemski finished with 962 votes, or 48.6 percent, to Metivier's 896 votes, or 45.3 percent. Adam Khoury, a second independent both candidates said they knew nothing about and ran little or no campaign, finished with 115 votes. Khoury was long seen as a potential spoiler in this race. Metivier congratulated Gemski on her win and thanked his supporters and everyone who came to the polls in the rain to vote. "It has been an honor and a privi- lege to serve as your town councilor, and I look forward to continuing to work to help address the needs of the people of Cumberland," he said. "Thank you." In the at-large council election, Michael Kinch and Peter Bradley staged a repeat of the September pri- mary on Tuesday, coming in first and second in the race to win the two at- large seats on the Council. Independent challenger Jim Scullin attempted to unseat Council President Bradley and primary top vote-getter Kinch, but his narrow focus on merg- ing the local fire department with the town apparently wasn't enough to get the job done with voters. Kinch had 7,415 votes, or 37.2 per- cent of the vote, Bradley had 7,303 votes, or 36.6 percent, and Scullin secured 5,040 votes, or 25.3 percent. The vote among councilors to decide whether Bradley remains council president will be next Monday, Nov. 12, after certification of the election. Cumberland saw long lines at poll- ing locations early, which dissipated somewhat as rain picked up in the afternoon. A total of about 14,000 of the town's 26,661 eligible voters (state database) voted in Tuesday's election, or about 52 percent overall. Voters gave resounding approval to borrowing up to $83 million for upgrades to local schools, all at a 61 percent reimbursement from the state, for a total cost to town taxpayers of about $29 million. That vote would have been meaningless if voters state- wide hadn't also approved a $250 million bond for school renovations. In a vote few elected leaders pre- dicted, residents on Tuesday approved going to four-year terms instead of the two-year terms currently in place for mayor, council and school board, as well as limiting terms to eight years total. The vote was 6,656 in favor, or 51.8 percent, to 6,196 opposed, CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018 ELECTION 2018 9 Committee Chairman Tom Kane Tuesday said he sees the results of this year's primary and general elections as a "clean sweep" for the party. At-large primary candidate Roland Gauvin, the only loss, was dealing with health prob- lems during his primary race, he said. "The voters of town really got behind a good group of people," said Kane. The "huge margins" in the General Assembly races "speak for themselves," he said. In Senate District 17, Lincoln, North Smithfield and North Providence, incumbent Republican Sen. Thomas Paolino appeared to have eked out a close election win over Dennis Lavallee. Paolino won the Lincoln part of the district by a vote of 3,930-3,751. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON SCOTT GOULD, of Cumberland, submits his ballot after he voted at Cumberland High School on Tuesday afternoon. Gemski, Kinch and Bradley all take council seats Voters OK school upgrades, four-year terms By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See COUNCIL, Page 10 BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Voters cast their ballots at CUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL on Tuesday afternoon

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