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November 4th, 2010

Patterson, Morrissey surprise in Exeter

November 4, 2010

EXETER— You didn’t need to be behind the scenes at CNN or listening to Lincoln Chafee’s victory speech at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Warwick to see that this Tuesday’s midterm elections were an event that could be summed up, both nationally and statewide, by one word: change.
No, all you needed to do was see the look in local Democrat Robert E. Johnson’s eyes as he stood surrounded by fellow Exeter Town Council members at the Homestead Restaurant in Exeter Tuesday night.
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Donovan, McFadden upend incumbents

November 4, 2010

EXETER—Dressed in a full-length, button-down, military-style jacket, former Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee member Paul McFadden stood outside of the Job Corps polling station in Exeter Tuesday night, bracing himself for the very realistic possibility that his bid to upset incumbents Mary Louise Walsh and Susan DeSack would fall short.
But, even as the temperature dropped and the 9 p.m. hour crept closer and closer, McFadden stood determined to fight until the bitter end and, in the cold fall wind, handed out campaign flyers until the very last voter entered the station.

Jamestown voters approve bond for wind turbine

November 4, 2010

The town of Jamestown may not have had any individual positions up for re-election Tuesday night but that doesn’t mean there was a lack of drama as the polls closed and results were tabulated.
In the only town-centric race Tuesday night, Jamestown voters approved passage of a bond authorizing $6.5 million for a wind turbine in town.
The measure itself came down to the wire, with 1,490 voters approving the question and 1,476 voters rejecting it, a difference of just 0.4 percentage points.

Ballot questions fare well in NK, not so much in Exeter

November 4, 2010

Voters in North Kingstown and Exeter couldn’t have felt much more differently Tuesday in regards to local Referendum questions as nine out of 10 ballot initatives passed in NK but just one of the five questions on Exeter’s ballot won approval.
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Chafee holds off Robitaille to become first Independent Governor

November 4, 2010

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has another Governor Chafee.
Independent Lincoln Chafee outpolled a seven-man field Tuesday to win the office his father, the late Sen. John H. Chafee, held more than 40 years ago. He is the first candidate to win the governorship as an Independent.
“Roger Williams would be proud,” Chafee said in his acceptance speech, referring to man who founded of the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1663.

See what you're missing in this week's Standard Times

November 4, 2010

If you think our web site has a lot of coverage of local elections, just pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times. In addition to the full stories listed above, this week's Standard Times has detailed analysis of each and every local race, not to mention results for both local and state referendum questions.
But it doesn't just stop there.

Election Results 2010 Midterm Election

November 4, 2010



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Council control still uncertain

November 4, 2010


The voters have spoken

November 4, 2010

While the phrase “Throw the bums out!” was heard loudly and frequently throughout Rhode Island this election season, East Greenwich voters ignored it Tuesday. All five incumbents on the local ballot, three on the Town Council and two on the School Committee, were re-elected comfortably. It was also a big night for local Republicans, as all seven on the town ballot won election. They generally attributed their strong showing not to the national wave of support the party enjoyed, but as acknowledgement that voters endorse the way they and the town have dealt with the state's fiscal crisis. Council President Michael B. Isaacs led the way with 3,672 votes, winning support for a fourth two-year term from 63.6 percent of the 5,774 local voters who visited the polls, a 54.3 percent turnout. Mark Watkins Gee, an East Greenwich Fire District commissioner, earned a spot on the council by taking second with 3,508 votes. He was followed by council Vice President Henry V. Boezi with 3.471 votes; incumbent Michael S. Kiernan with 3,331; and newcomer Jeffrey B. Cianciolo with 3,181. Former council member Joseph E. Cardello, the only Democrat on the council ballot, took 2,569 votes, and independent James M. Cullen, the town's harbormaster, finished seventh and last with 2,305 votes. Republican incumbent Mary Ellen Winters topped the School Committee ballot with 3,072 votes, with fellow Republican David R. Green, the only other partisan candidate, taking second with 2,909 votes. The final two available four-year terms went to incumbent Susan M. Records with 2,805 votes and John G. Sommer with 2,417 votes. Trailing were Dennis W. Votta with 2,252 votes, Lisa Ann DiIorio with 1,930 votes and Robert Anthony DiIorio with 1,440. Isaacs attributed the GOP sweep to voters' belief that the five represented a strong team, one he felt could be as effective as the current council. (Republican Richard P. Buonauito did not seek another term, and Democrat Mark B, Schwager lost a bid for the state Senate District 35 seat Tuesday). “Voters looked at our track record as a group, and strong records as individuals. We have a good working relationship among ourselves, and all of us stand for fiscal discipline and consolidation of services with other towns,” he said. Gee, who did much of his campaigning by bicycle instead of foot, said he had felt optimistic about being elected after meeting voters. “I had no idea how I'd do, but I had a good time doing it,” said Gee, adding that a collegial relationshop among his council mates will help them accomplish their goals. Boezi, who estimated knocking on about 3,000 doors during the campaign, said he was inspired by the two newcomers. “I predicted a Republican sweep, and the difference is this guy right here,” he said, pointing at Gee. “Everywhere I went, I saw his fliers, and it was clear he'd put in a lot of effort. And I felt good about what Jeff will bring to the council.” Cianciolo admitted he didn't knock on as many doors, given his professional and family obligations, but felt his message got through. “I'll be serving with three incumbents who have a lot of instititional knowledge to be downloaded,” he said, adding that he plans to explore incorporating the East Greenwich Fire District into town government and eliminating the financial town meeting, Kiernan said the struggle to keep real estate tax down and deal with debt service on the town's bonds will occupy much of the council's attention. “We're looking at a tough next couple of years. This council's going to have to make a lot of unpopular decisions.” he said. Green hopes the newly elected members will help the School committee change its focus. “There's been a lot of conversation about adults, superintendents, custodians. When I heard that, I turned to my wife and said, 'What about the kids?' “ said Green, whose wife Kathy has been a teacher for 36 years and now substitutes in local schools. Sommer is hoping to get moving on technology and guidance issues, but is keeping a close eye on the school bond and the possibility of giving some of the leftover money from construction of the new Cole Middle School back to the town. “We have to spend it wisely, but we do have to give back,” he said. Town voters also approved two local referenda. A $1 million bond to improve and repair roads in the western part of town passed easily, 4,166 to 1.292. A Town Charter change to notify residents that a copy of the town budget will be available at Town Hall by April 1 each year also passed, 3,383 to 2,000.

Election causes shake-ups in Charlestown

November 4, 2010

CHARLESTOWN -- Voters again backed the candidates endorsed by the Charlestown Citizens Alliance during the general election. But this time, it brings two new faces to the Town Council.


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