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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2018 PAWTUCKET 5 PAWTUCKET – Michael Araujo responded to his win in the Democratic primary on June 5 with the same even tone he'd used in the days leading up to election day. Winning a special election prima- ry is all about turning out the vote, Araujo said, and he "worked really hard" to win this campaign for a seat on the council. He commended challenger Emmanuel Echevarria for running a clean campaign and said he admired his approach. Asked if he was confident heading into the primary on June 5, Araujo said, "I was confident that I put my best foot forward." This is "one step down, another to go," he said. Though the odds are stacked in the Democrat's favor in a July 10 general election against indepen- dent Rodney Barber, he said he's not counting anything as a guaran- tee yet. The winner will take the at- large seat vacated by Sandra Cano, now the state senator representing District 8, and must run again in the fall elections. Araujo, a veteran member of the Pawtucket School Committee, defeated Echevarria on June 5 for the right to have his name on the Democratic ticket for the seat. When votes were totaled, he had 755 votes, or 62.4 percent of the vote, to 454 votes, or 37.5 percent. The margin came despite Araujo actually losing in the Fairlawn neighborhood, where many resi- dents and community leaders cam- paigned for Echevarria due to his more strident opposition to con- struction of a new waste transfer sta- tion. Echevarria, for his part, didn't appear discouraged, and many of his supporters commended him for the showing after running a brief campaign as a political newcomer. Araujo wins big, moves on to round 2 By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MICHAEL ARAUJO, center, celebrates his primary win at Craft Burgers and Beer, in Pawtucket, with his family, from left, daughter FELICIA MAYBEN, daughter and campaign manager AMANDA ARAUJO, wife MARYLOU ARAUJO, winner ARAUJO, daughter KAYLA ZAPATA, and son CHRIS JOHNSON. See ARAUJO, Page 6

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