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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. 
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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