Woonsocket Election 2012: Candidates Weigh In

Local representatives give their thoughts on voters' wishes, thank people for voting.


Shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, Stephen Casey vowed to bring Woonsocket together to address its challenges as the new Democratic representative for Dist. 50.

"I'm very happy with the results that we have," Casey said at Ciros Tavern Tuesday night about an hour after voting was done, "I can't thank my wife enough."

Casey thanked new and old friends who helped him during his campaign, and, "The people who came out for Jon Brien as well," he said.

Casey had just arrived at the tavern after staying at Bernon Heights till the polls closed, outside in cold weather. He said his supporters were likely still a little hypothermic. He commended everyone's exhibition of citizenship. "I congratulate everybody who did it on both sides of the fence," Casey said.

Casey said now Woonsocket needs to come together to face the city's problems. "We need to give a little and make things work for the city," Casey said.

"I want to say congratulations to Steve Casey. He's the new rep for Dist. 50," said incumbent Rep. Jon Brien, "As a citizen and a taxpayer I will continue to keep an eye on my representatives."  

Brien also lauded his supporters. "The people who were behind me are some of the best people this community has to offer. I owe a debt of gratitude to them," he said.

“I’d like to thank everyone that turned out to vote today,” ,” said Dist. 51 Republican challenger Chris Roberts. “I put my name out there to give voters a choice to continue to fight for education funding. I look forward to fighting for Woonsocket both at the state and local level.”

“I’m honored to be able to serve again,” said Rep. Bob Phillips (D-51). Phillips said that the support of voters for his second term is “quite humbling.”

"I would just like to thank the community for coming out to vote," said re-elected Dist. 49 Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. She said she isn't taking her victory lightly. "These numbers mean a lot to me," she said.


David T November 07, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Could someone explain how Woonsocket voters and the entire state for that matter, can say yes to spending hundreds of millions on all the ballot questions when the state keeps screwing the city of education funding? The state can't afford to take care of the parks here but it can take out more loans to pay for all these projects? People who voted yes on these bonds, you had a chance to send a message to say enough spending and yet you blew it. And on the other hand you say yes to an appointed school committee which I'm guessing has to do with your no confidence with the current committee's ability to stick to a budget. Bizarre.
Donna Brunelle November 08, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I agree with David T - we do not have the money but people voted yes for the all these ballot questions. I voted no to all but the casino questions 1 & 2 that will bring jobs to this state.. And why oh why would you vote yes to letting the mayor pick the school committee membors? Why would you want the mayor to pick the school committee? Unbelieveable people of Woonsocket!


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