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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-25-2020

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6 POLITICS / THE VALLEY JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – The race for mayor this year could feature two candidates with as much experience under the hood of a car as in politics. Former long-time Town Councilor Daniel Alves pulled papers this week to run as a Democrat against incum- bent Mayor Jeffrey Mutter. Alves has owned Galinda's Automotive Service in Valley Falls for more than 40 years and ran for mayor in a three-way primary back in 2014. Mutter, also with plenty of experience in local government, was long-time owner of family business Mutter Motors, also on Broad Street, when he won the mayor's race two years ago. No other candidates for mayor had announced as of press time, but The Breeze will be reporting more on the local races online and next week. The deadline to declare for office was Wednesday, June 24, but candidates still must gather and return signatures of qualified voters. In Cumberland, this year's election is complicated a bit by the move to four-year elections, meaning anyone who wins will be serving twice as long as officials in past years. There will be at least a couple races for council, after three declared for at-large seats, including incumbents Michael Kinch and Peter Bradley and former Council President James Higgins. The top two vote-getters in the at-large race win a seat. For District 2, former Councilor Thomas Kane and newcomer Timothy Magill both filed to run for the seat Craig Dwyer is vacating, fol- lowing through on earlier announce- ments. The only member of the town's General Assembly delegation with an announced challenger as of press time was Rep. Alex Marszalkowski in District 52. Daniel Baglini gath- ered papers to run as an independent against the Democrat Marszalkowski. For Cumberland School Committee, only Mark Fiorillo, in District 1, and Denis Collins, in District 5, had pulled papers to gather signatures, with no announced opponents at press time. Chairman Paul DiModica told The Breeze he's running again, but incumbent Raymond Salvatore said he won't be seeking another term as an at-large member representing the whole town. Salvatore said it was time for a break and he wants to "let some new blood come in." He said his decision not to run wasn't about the four-year terms. He said he plans to enjoy his family and is in the process of open- ing a handyman renovation business. Candidates pull papers to run in Cumberland By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com LINCOLN – Rep. Jack Lyle called The Breeze on his way to Lincoln Town Hall this week to declare his candidacy for re-election to District 46, but Lyle, who has faced intense criticism for rarely voting along Republican lines, said he will appear on the ballot as an independent this year. Lyle said he felt like Ronald Reagan, who famously stated, "I didn't leave the Democratic Party, the party left me." John Cullen, who ran against then-Republican Lyle last election as an independent, announced that he will be running on the Republican ticket for Lyle's seat. Cullen has promised to be a more conservative candidate, citing Lyle's "radical progressive voting record" and calling him "more in- sync with Democrats than with the Republican caucus." Lyle said he is proud of his record on environmental issues, women's rights and others. "I've been trying to build bridges over the last two years on both sides of the aisle," Lyle said. "I feel that I can better continue working with everyone as an independent." Sen. Thomas Paolino told The Breeze he will run for re-election in District 17. On Tuesday, Democrat John D. Barr pulled papers to run against him. Locally, Republican Frank Salvatore Spezzano Jr. declared his candidacy for Town Council District 3, currently represented by Council President Keith Macksoud, who is running for re-election. Steven Carvalho declared candidacy for District 2 School Committee, held currently by John Picozzi, who is running at-large. Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond, who was re-elected for a four-year term in 2018, is not up for re-election. Candidates had until 4 p.m. on Wednesday to declare their intent to run, with primary day set for Sept. 8. The following people had pulled papers declaring their candidacy in Lincoln as of Tuesday evening (updates to come). Asterisks denote incumbents: Town Council Arthur S. Russo - I* District 1 Bruce J. Ogni - I* District 2 Keith E. Macksoud - I* District 3 Frank Salvatore Spezzano - R District 3 Pamela M. Azar - D* District 4 Kenneth G. Pichette - *R District 5 Non-partisan School Committee Joseph B. Goho* - At-Large John Picozzi* - At-Large Mary Anne H. Roll* - District 4 Steven Carvalho - District 2 Water Commissioner Julie A. LaBreche - I District 4 Senate District 17 Thomas J. Paolino - R* John Douglas Barr II - D Senate District 19 Ryan W. Pearson - D* Representative District 44 Gregory Costantino - D* Representative District 45 Mia A. Ackerman - D* District 46 John W. Lyle Jr. - I* John J. Cullen - R Lyle goes independent for 2020 race By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com Korean War Veterans Association distributing free masks PAWTUCKET – The Korean War Veterans Association, Ocean State Chapter 1, has announced that the South Korean government has donated face masks to the U.S. for veterans. 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