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Candidates Challenge Woonsocket State Legislators

Cote, Brien, Baldelli-Hunt face primary contests Sept. 11.

There's a lot of competition for Woonsocket's Democrats in the Sept. 11 statewide primary, so make sure you're registered by the Aug. 12 deadline to have a say in who'll face who in the Nov. 6 election.

In Rhode Island, if you're an unaffiliated voter, you can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary, said Rob Rock at the RI Secretary of State's office. Once you vote in a particular primary, you're automatically registered as a member of that party. However, Rock said, on your way out of the polling place, you can ask a poll worker to dis-affiliate you, returning you to independent voting status.

Rock said that although Aug. 12 is a Sunday, the Woonsocket Board of Canvassers office at will be open from 1-4 p.m. for any last-minute registering voters may need to accomplish. The Secretary of State's office at 148 West River St. in Providence will also be open that Sunday, Rock said.

This election season voters will also be required to show a voter ID.

Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) of 304 Prospect St., who has the endorsement of the Woonsocket Democratic Committee, faces two challengers in the primary: Michael A. Morin of 180 Allen St., Unit 202, and Stuart Gitlow of 641 Harris Ave.

Whoever wins that contest will face Independent candidate Michael E. Moniz of 429 East School St. for the seat Nov. 6.

Rep. Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) of 521 South Main St., who has the endorsement of the Woonsocket Democratic Committee, is facing Stephen M. Casey of 625 Park Ave. in the Democratic primary. Whoever wins that contest will run unopposed for the Dist. 50 seat in November.

Sen. Marc A. Cote, (D-Dist. 24) of 144 Woodland Road, who has the endorsement of the Woonsocket Democratic Committee, will face Lewis J. Pryeor of 231 Second Ave. in the primary. Whoever wins that contest will run unopposed for the seat in November.

Rep. Robert D. Philips (D-Dist. 51) of 325 Dunlap St., who has the endorsement of the Woonsocket Democratic Committee, will face current Republican School Committee member Christopher M. Roberts of 157 Tara Lane, who has the endorsement of the State Republican Party, in November.

Senator Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20) who has the endorsement of the Woonsocket Democratic Committee, will run unopposed in November.

Oct. 7 is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election, and Oct. 16 is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot.

English first July 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM
SenatorPicard must be doing well. He is running unopposed. Where is district 20?
John Ward Jr. July 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
You forgot to put a space in there EF.
Steve August 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Good catch there Jr. We must hold all of the Woonsocket Patch posters to a higher standard so we can portray a positive light on fellow posters in different communities! EF, please pay a bit more attention to your future posts. Thank you, the Patch "Grammatical" Police.....
David T August 01, 2012 at 01:31 AM
"Democrat" - In Woonsocket, this is French for Republican.
Chris12 August 01, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Woonsocket voters pay attention. 3 out of 4 of these races will be decided in the PRIMARY.
John Ward Jr. August 01, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Yea,and taxaholic school dept. social worker Picard runs unopposed.He'll vote for the supplemental in January.Don't forget Woonsocket,father figure Picard is coming for more of your allowance.
English first August 01, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Thank you for mentioning my mistake about the missing space in my post. Now, can you answer my question? "Senator Picard must be doing well. He is running unopposed. Where is district 20?" He must be very effective there in that district.
James Thomas August 01, 2012 at 04:22 PM
You mention candidates were endorsed by the Woonsocket Democratic Committee. I didn't know there was such a thing. Can you clarify, please?
lew pryeor August 02, 2012 at 09:22 AM
I agree with mr thomas there are only 3 out of the 18 seats on the democrat city committee filled..........

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