Woonsocket Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Woonsocket

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Woonsocket Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

The supplemental tax: Whether you were in favor of or against the failed supplemental tax bill, you'll be interested in who among your elected officials backed the measure and who didn't. We'll continue to provide coverage on the effects of the meaure's defeat in the House.

House delegation: All of Woonsocket's representatives in the House are up for re-election this year. The three legislators, Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket), Rep. Robert D. Phillips (Democrat- District 51, Woonsocket) and Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) stood against the suppemental tax bill.

Senate delegation: Both of Woonsocket's Senators will face reelection this year. Roger A. Picard (Democrat - District 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland) and Marc A. Cote (Democrat - District 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield) voted for the supplemental tax bill when the Senate passed it.

Investigation into school deficit: The School Committee canned a resolution to request the state police to investigate their 10 million deficit. Rep. Baldelli-Hunt has introduced House Bill 8040, to launch an investigative commission to determine how the city wound up in this position and who is responsible. On April 2, the City Council voted to conduct their own . 

Presidential race - Woonsocket Republicans chose Mitt Romney to run against President Barack Obama in April. We'll keep you apprised on the work of the city's local party efforts leading up to the big day in November.







John October 02, 2012 at 08:15 PM
You are correct Russ!!! See, you want to run but you're NOT getting any billing in the article!! Is that fair??? I would vote for you in a minute.
David T October 02, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Rob, The inclusion of Brien does beg an explanation from you, it would seem. I am interested to know your rationale behind including a person's name here who's name doesn't appear on the official ballot. If Russell did tell you that he is campaigning as a write-in, would you place his name here?
The Chorus October 02, 2012 at 11:40 PM
OMG...Jon publicly announced his write in campaign and Rob noted his candidacy is write in. Rob published a voting guide...it's not like its from the Sec of State.
Russell Archambault October 03, 2012 at 02:26 AM
With all respect to the publisher of this report, he had no knowledge of my candidacy for the presidency.This is a last minute decision Ive just made. I would only hope there will be an update to the article.CHORUS No one told me I had to register with the secretary of state. I'm on my way to Denver for tomorrow's debate, with bama and romy. I Want to take this opportunity for all the support i'm receiving, thanks.
la_mouffette October 03, 2012 at 03:36 AM
John October 03, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Actually Rob did an excellent job on the election report, very thorough and informative. However, I still feel Brien's name should not be there. He did not earn his way onto the ballot therefore his name has no business here regardless of his write-in attempt. I feel no matter how this all shakes out we will still see him mounting a legal challenge to the election should it not go his way. Not that losing is fun to anyone it is more difficult for him to accept thus the attempt to remove Steve Casey from running against him. No one to run against, no one to lose to. I guess Ed Roy hit the nail directly on the head in one of his other post.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 03:43 AM
To my knowledge, all of the candidates are listed. Brien is receiving equal treatment in the article with all the other candidates. He lost the primary, so he won't be on the ballot - a significant disadvantage, but not one that warrants leaving him off the list of choices voters will have Nov. 6. This article's mission is to inform voters of their choices, not to cherry pick their candidates for them.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 03:48 AM
David - I've responded to a similar question above, but it bears repeating: Brien is receiving equal treatment in the article with all the other candidates. He lost the primary, so he won't be on the ballot - a significant disadvantage, but not one that warrants leaving him off the list of choices voters will have Nov. 6. This article's mission is to inform voters of their choices, not to cherry pick their candidates for them. If Russell is serious, I wish him well in his campaign, and I await the press release announcing his candidacy, and the ensuing press conferences, with bated breath.
Rob Borkowski (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
You're correct. Brien didn't earn his way onto the ballot, and he's not there. What you are suggesting, though, is to go a step further and ignore the fact that he is running at all - which would be anathema to the mission of journalism. It is up to the voters to decide if Brien is worthy of their votes. No one else.
la_mouffette October 03, 2012 at 04:59 AM
DR October 03, 2012 at 10:19 AM
If you want to vote for Jon Brien just look for Stephen Casey,below you will see write-in just write Jon Brien and connect the arrow done.
Cap'n Crunch October 03, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Another political reality show.Tune in tomorrow for the latest news on what candidate we get to wrap the flag around.Can't wait till it's over,much ado about what amounts to nothing.
DR October 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Crunch, you are correct if you don't mind paying a lot more taxes or see the City,State, and country go down the drain. That is why we are where we are-just sit back on your couch and watch the game. Don't do any research so you can separate fact from fiction.
David T October 03, 2012 at 05:05 PM
thanks for the reply Rob!
Rick LaBreche October 03, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I just used the link that is supplied in this article to look at my sample ballot. The sample above lists a second name for Dist.50 but the offical state ballot list the winner of the primary Rep elect Steve Casey. Why would the Patch feel the need to print a second name for Dist.50? The people have spoken and voted in a new Rep.
Brian O'Ryan October 05, 2012 at 12:53 AM
My God!!! No press conference from John Brien this week??? Is this bizzaro world???
Emile Belisle October 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I've grown tired of reading/hearing the name, John Brien, looking forward to a day when I read the local news and it's no where to be found!
Brian O'Ryan October 09, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Why on earth does this article say, "RI House, Dist. 50: Stephen Casey, Sept. 11 Democratic primary winner, on ballot Nov. 6 Rep. Jon Brien, (D-Dist. 50), incumbent, write-in candidate Nov. 6"??? Didn't John lose the primary??? How is he the "incumbent"??? "Write-in candidate" LOL!!!
Brian O'Ryan October 09, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Rob Borkowski (Editor) October 09, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Brian: I respectfully direct your attention to #3. The use of the word incumbent in this context is accurate: in·cum·bent (n-kmbnt) adj. 1. Imposed as an obligation or duty; obligatory: felt it was incumbent on us all to help. 2. Lying, leaning, or resting on something else: incumbent rock strata. 3. Currently holding a specified office: the incumbent mayor.
Govstench October 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Rob is correct. Brien is running a write in campaign, which is at a big disadvantage to him. He does have name recognition which will help to those voters who wish to support him. Unfortunately, write in campaigns usually fail as was the case with Doug Gablinske in Bristol.
Beanni Man October 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Jhn Brien,John Brien, John Brien. Sounds like Rain Man has taken over. John its time for Wampner or Wheel of Fortune. BYE BYE
la_mouffette October 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Brian...."How is he the incumbent???" Go find a ten year old who is learning the basics of how elections work, and ask that question.
la_mouffette October 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
1. Jon Brien. No h. 2. What's a Wampner? Did you mean Judge Wapner?
Still Hope October 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Did Rob imply: Jon Brien - 2. Lying, leaning, or resting on something else. Cheers to that my friend.
SMD October 23, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Not for nothing but I just was looking at the state of ri campaign website and found this about write in campaigns. http://www.elections.ri.gov/publications/Election_Publications/Election_Info/Guide%20to%20Write-Ins.pdf It says on page 4 in the frequently asked questions section there that "it is ALWAYS necessary for the LAST NAME of the person being voted for to be written in" Does anyone know any differently cause I had seen Jon Briens ad and was instructed to write in just "JON" and if thats the case, according to the state's website, that won't work. Should I write in his last name in stead? Could Patch look into this?
Rob Borkowski (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Hey, Steve - I will look into it, thanks!
English first October 23, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I think JON is telling people that because when he loses his write in contest he will have some issue to blame. It is ridiculous to just write a first name.
Baywatch October 26, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Consider this while casting a ballot in local elections: Woonsocket has made it into a top 10 list on 247wallstreet.com and was featured on fox news. http://247wallst.com/2012/10/25/thirteen-american-cities-going-broke/3/
Growing more concerned by the day! November 04, 2012 at 11:23 AM
It's simply amazing to read commentary from so many Woonsocket Patch political experts who are quick to condemn individuals based on their political bias and partisan views. Yes that is their constitution right, but so is the constitional right of an individual to run for political office in any way legally possible. Personally, I would suggest that the Patch implement a "DISLIKE" button that we loyal followers, who strongly disagree with your views can quickly and easily weigh-in and send a message. Maybe this would quite some of the vile banter from the minority who think they are the voice of the people.


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