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Morin Wins Unofficial Count in Dist. 49 Special Election Primary

Victory leaves Morin as sole candidate on Feb. 25 ballot, write-in challengers possible.

Woonsocket firefighter Michael Morin has won the Democratic primary for Dist. 49, making him the only choice on the Feb. 25 ballot. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski/file photo
Woonsocket firefighter Michael Morin has won the Democratic primary for Dist. 49, making him the only choice on the Feb. 25 ballot. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski/file photo
Editor's note: This report did not originally reflect the unofficial nature of the count of ballots late Jan. 21. The story has been updated to include that information.   

Woonsocket firefighter Michael Morin defeated fellow Democratic challengers Douglas T. Brown and Mark L. Chenot in an unofficial count at Tuesday's primary, making him the sole candidate on the Feb. 25 Special Election ballot to fill the Dist. 49 seat. There are 52 absentee ballots uncounted, which could still decide the primary.

The Providence Journal reports Morin won 344 votes, to Brown's 307, gaining the support of 52 percent of the voters who showed up at the polls

Assuming Morin's victory withstands the official count, he could still face a write-in challenger for the seat vacated in November when former Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt resigned her post after a successful run for Mayor.

Morin, who ran against Baldelli-Hunt in the 2012 primary, had since won the support of both Baldelli-Hunt and Speaker of the House Gordon Fox. Morin said he had made peace with Baldelli-Hunt since the last primary and wants to serve as State Representative to support Mayor Baldelli-Hunt’s agenda to turn the city around. 

Chenot, of 400 Gaskill St., is a Physical Therapist at Rhode Island Hospital.

Brown, of 324 Harris Ave., is chairman of the Redevelopment Agency. 
Gene Chevrette January 22, 2014 at 08:10 AM
I am very disappointed in the voters of Woonsocket who just don't understand how to vote for the best candidate to represent the people of Woonsocket. I am an independent, no party affiliation, but I disaffiliated and voted for the person that should be in the Dist. 49 seat and that is Doug Brown. He was the clear choice hands down for this position. The people of RI have to stop voting for people who are part of a group in RI who have an agenda that will keep RI pinned down and controlled by labor. Labor controls the politicians in our state legislature because the elected officials want their support. We need individuals no matter what party they are from, to be independent thinkers who are not afraid to do the RIGHT thing for the people and the state. Too many politicians in RI are too concerned about what labor and media will say about them. This is the sad state of affairs in little Rhody. EXAMPLE:in this election for District 49 I got calls from state union people calling about support for their union candidate. I received fancy full color brochures designed and mailed by union officials. WHAT does this tell you people? There is a big vote coming to the state legislature about pension reform and the labor movement is determined to support and try to elect as many of their people possible to stop the much needed pension reform. If we don't fix things RI will remain a high unemployment state. It will continue to be a state of confusion and continue to be a state known for high taxes and unemployment. If the people want to see things change in RI then we have to change the way we let our politicians keep us down. TOO MANY of our (Representatives?) are not taking care of the needs of the people they govern. VOTERS IF YOU WANT THINGS TO GET BETTER YOU MUST VOTE BETTER Thank you for reading my opinion
Nelson Aldrich January 22, 2014 at 08:22 AM
OMG....344 voters choosing a taxaholic. I thought the people of Woonsocket were waking up, i thought wrong.
Chris12 January 22, 2014 at 08:31 AM
Big vote...small vote...labor...non-labor...pension...non-pensions...You would have to be a fool not to see that there is not enough $$$$$ to run our local governments. The deficits are growing not shrinking. We all want "our stuff." Not going to happen...
Ron January 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Welcome to the Titanic. Woonsocket taxpayers all aboard- the Democrats are in control, full steam ahead.
William Gray January 22, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Once again it has become abundantly clear that if you give the seniors in the high rises a chicken dinner (even a chicken pot pie dinner), you'll have their vote. They are not property owners who are gonna have to pay for Morin's union packages at the State House.
Concern Resident January 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM
What were the numbers? Did we meet the requirements for the votes to count??
Still Hope January 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Gene, your soap box would have been better served yesterday. A few votes would have changed the results. Instead of a call to action, your post has been dumbed down to a futile rant. People want change, nobody is willing to change. C'est la vie.
Mew January 22, 2014 at 01:18 PM
This is so disgusting, another firefighter going in the G/A to get nice deals for his comrades!!! The people of Woon. just don't get it, it's not just seniors in the H/R!! I agree, Mr. Brown was the best candidate, But we know that the Mayor was supporting Morin! WHAT A SHAME!!!!
jack January 22, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Folks it is not going to change don't waste your time start voting with your feet.
Common Sense January 22, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Ummm....Union members are also taxpayers.
virgil earp January 23, 2014 at 02:22 AM
What Woonie politicians do to senior citizens with chicken dinners is sort of like what your GI grandpas did to German women with chocolate bars
lew pryeor January 23, 2014 at 06:04 AM
We do need a change in Woonsocket. I agree mostly what I read above but,,, I did hear seniors in Kennedy Manor who supported baldelli now saying she has proven that she already must be doing back room deals ....We do have till the 25th of feb to get a candidate to challenge him .A change could save Woonsocket and its taxpayers...taxpayer representation is needed................Write in candidate could do it...
Common Sense January 23, 2014 at 09:44 AM
UNION MEMBERS ARE TAXPAYERS!
Common Sense January 23, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Union members are not the devil...the lying politicians are
CB11 January 23, 2014 at 09:58 AM
The Union bosses are in bed with the politicians and they are just as bad. Union leaders don't care about their members, only the dues they extort from them. Less Union jobs means less dues collected which means less money lining their pockets and that is the bottom line.
Common Sense January 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Mike Morin is NOT a union "boss". He is a local chapter President which amounts to nothing politically. The notion that hard working, tax paying union members are the problem is a tired, old story. Be original and come up with another gripe as to why you don't want your taxes to go up.
Ron January 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Virgil, do the politicians also offer take-out chicken dinners?
Ron January 23, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Common Sense, how about 1 centrally located fire station/rescue in the City to save on taxes.
William Gray January 23, 2014 at 11:03 AM
It's abundantly clear that Common Sense is somehow related to Mike Moron....oooops...Morin.
Common Sense January 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM
William, typical...when your argument is invalid or no longer useful you resort to name calling... Ron, that's fine with me. I'm not a firefighter. Just hope one of your elderly relatives doesn't die while waiting for a rescue because they are tied up dealing with drunks and welfare bums. PUBLIC SAFETY IS NOT FREE PEOPLE!
Common Sense January 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM
The days of Mayor Menard using State and Federal dollars to pay our bills are over! The gravy train is empty just like our pockets will be. Find another community in this state that has enjoyed a homestead exemption. You can't. ..because they don't exist. Woonsocket has had it too good for too long. Time to pay the bills.
Nelson Aldrich January 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Nope CS...it's time to leave.
lew pryeor January 23, 2014 at 01:31 PM
As a councilman in Warwick I worked with the firemen and police on many financial issues. I was the Chairman of FINANCE on the city council and we operated professionally and we worked together for the city of Warwick. I had an uncle Eugene Balcom who was a fireman in Providence and I have a cousin who is a fireman at the Lasalle station. I have nothing against unions but this election seemed too have had past politicians arguing a year ago and then endorsing one another recently. As a politician in the past I saw back room deals and had the chances to play their game .. I did not.. I disagreed once in Warwick with The Warwick Roatary member on who should have been the council president the next day they closed their business account with my florist business at the time. So games do happen..Yes unions members pay taxes but our taxes pay for their vital services..I will just watch and I hope all the people do on the voting of our elected officials...It would be great if the patch keep the people of Woonsocket on a weekly update on the voting records of our officials . I f there are some officials not doing their fair share to benefit Woonsocket we will see it then hopefully the people will make the right voting decision next election...Till then I will do my part and be vigillant
Ron January 23, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Common Sense, don't use scare tactics. I said a central location not 1 rescue vehicle or 1 fire truck. What we need is a public safety study to be more efficient and cost effective for the taxpayers.
Common Sense January 23, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Your words, not mine Ron... 1 centrally located fire station/rescue to save on taxes...lol. show me one City in R.I. that has that. Wake up. The dream is over and the nightmare of realism has begun.
Ron January 23, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Common Sense, looks like you and the administration are afraid of the results of an unbiased public safety report- you should be.
Common Sense January 23, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Bring it on...this City is rife with crime and narcotics and bums that live off the system! They will have to hire MORE and give RAISES! Rofl...
Nelson Aldrich January 23, 2014 at 05:12 PM
As the old saying goes CS....don't forget to turn off the lights on your way out.
James Thompson January 23, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Big deal. The guy belongs to a Union. So do I. I've worked the in the construction area for years. Like everyone else Unions have made concessions. You really think an Insurance Executive represents the average taxpayer? Give me a break. The main problem with this country is that corporate america controls all the wealth. I;m also old enough to remember Doug Brown involved in the Marquette Credit Union crisis. Its funny he doesn't remind everyone of that? Morin won so give him a chance. If Brown would have won we should have given him a chance.
Ron January 24, 2014 at 05:37 AM
The way you make it sound Common Sense we need more than a new public safety director.Maybe the national guard-better get that public safety efficiency report soon.

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