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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-15-2018

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2 NO. SMITHFIELD / WOONSOCKET NOV. 15-21, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET Brown claims seventh City Council seat WOONSOCKET – Julia Brown, a first-time candidate and newcomer to city politics, appears to have clinched the seventh City Council seat, defeat- ing former City Council President Roger Jalette Sr., by only 10 votes according to unofficial results released by the State Board of Elections late Tuesday afternoon. Brown, who works as a substitute teacher at Harris Elementary School, reacted to the news with relief on Tuesday. "I am so incredibly thankful and humbled and it just really goes to show that every single last vote counts," she said. Last Tuesday, Nov. 6, initial election night results showed Brown com- ing in eighth out of seven council seats before being updated to reflect mail ballot votes, a development that edged out Jalette to place Brown on the council by a margin of only 10 votes later that night. That margin expanded to 11 votes later in the week as the State Board of Elections counted additional mail ballots. On Tuesday, the results were updat- ed once again to reflect counts of provisional ballots. As of press time, the updated results showed Brown claiming a victory by 3,656 votes to Jalette's 3,646. While the results have not yet been declared official, Brown appeared poised to claim the seventh seat, join- ing sitting councilors Jon Brien, James Cournoyer, Daniel Gendron and Denise Sierra, who were re-elected, along with former City Council President John Ward and local busi- nessman David Soucy. Brown, 23, ran on a platform of bringing a new voice and change to the council, while Jalette, who ran with a group that included Brien, Cournoyer, Gendron, Sierra and Ward, ran on a platform focused on curbing the policies of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. While Brown's candidacy was supported by Baldelli-Hunt, she described herself on Tuesday as a "neutral" party who might help to bring some relief to the tense relationship between Baldelli- Hunt and a majority of councilors. "I am hopeful that there might be a different dynamic as far as the tense relationship. I'm hoping that it will be different just because you do have two new people like myself and David (Soucy) who are standing from a neu- tral space," she said. Still uncertain as of press time was whether the results would be chal- lenged by a recount. Jalette told The Breeze he submitted a formal request for a recount to the Board of Elections but was notified shortly before the deadline Tuesday his request had not been properly notarized and he would have to visit the board in person to resolve the matter, which he was not able to do because of illness. Board of Elections Director Miguel Nunez con- firmed the board received the mailed request on Tuesday and said he spoke with Jalette and told him the matter would be reviewed. Updates to this story will be posted on By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY JULIA BROWN watches the election returns come in at the Italian Working Men's Club in Woonsocket on Nov. 6. North Smithfield football team to retire Spc. Matthew Turcotte's jersey number NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Athletic Department invites all members of the public to honor the memory of fallen soldier Spc. Matthew Turcotte during next week's Thanksgiving Day football game against Scituate High School on Thursday, Nov. 22. Matt was a 2015 graduate of North Smithfield High School and the captain of the 2014 NSHS football team. He was tragically killed during a U.S. Army live-fire training exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado, on Aug. 23, 2017. His football jersey and number will be retired at halftime. Matt's classmates, NSHS alumni and for- mer North Smithfield football play- ers are particularly encouraged to attend and pay tribute to a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Kickoff is at 10:30 a.m. GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2011 NISSAN FRONTIER Automatic, 4x4, Extra Cab ........$11,999 2011 HYUNDAI SONATA HYBRID LOADED! 70K miles .................................$9,495 2010 FORD EDGE AWD, Loaded, 90K ....................................$8,495 2008 TOYOTA RAV 4 80K ....................................................................$8,495

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