Saturday, October 27, 2012
Canvassers: Asking write-in voters to print Brien's first name won't work.
Jon Brien's write-in campaign for Dist. 50 asks voters to print his first name on the ballot Nov. 6, but the Board of Canvassers has stated voters will need to write in his full name for it to count. "You've got to have the last name," for your candidate when you're casting a write-in ballot, said Henri Cyr, Board of Canvassers election clerk. Brien's billboard sign, mounted on a trailer, was parked next to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church on Park Ave. Thursday afternoon. The sign shows how voters who want to cast their ballot for Jon Brien can do so, but instead of instructing them to use his full name, the sign tells voters to write in "Jon". "I don't know why he's doing it," Cyr said. He said Brien has been told voters will need to …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Letter sent to Democratic Dist. 50 Candidate Stephen Casey dispels write-in opponent's claim of invalid candidacy.
Stephen Casey, Democratic candidate for Dist. 50, has not violated the Hatch Act, according to a ruling by the Office of Special Counsel in Washington, DC, dispelling Rep. Jon Brien's (D-Dist. 50) claim that his run was illegal. Brien (D-Dist. 50) filed a Hatch Act complaint against Casey Sept. 27, claiming he violated the law as a candidate working for the Woonsocket Fire Department, which accepts federal funding for training. The Hatch Act limits political activities of federal employees on and off duty. Casey's campaign, which won against Brien by a 52-vote majority, might have violated the Hatch Act if his job as a firefighter directly benefited from federal funding. But on Tuesday, Leslie J. Gogan, an attorney with the Hatch Act …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Dist. 50 incumbent's campaign faces daunting political history.
Incumbent Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50) and his supporters launched a write-in campaign Thursday against Democratic primary victor Stephen Casey, defying the inauspicious history of such efforts with a mix of optimism and chagrin. The last successful write-in campaign in RI was in 1990, according to Ian Donnis's blog, On Politics. Dist. 69 incumbent Mark Dailey failed to get enough votes to get on the ballot, and wound up running a write-in campaign against two other write-in candidates. Dailey won, but Brien's write-in effort faces an additional challenge: Casey is on the ballot. Casey is on that ballot thanks to a 52 vote majority — hardly a resounding mandate, which gives Brien and his supporters confidence as they admit they could …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Supporters, spectators welcomed announcement with applause.
Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50) told supporters outside Pepin Lumber Thursday morning his decision to launch a write-in campaign was inpired by voters who urged him to keep running for the seat. Brien lost by 50 votes to primary challenger firefighter Stephen Casey Sept. 11, which the incumbent attributed partly to confusion over new polling places this year. Brien said he was also targeted by "public sector union bosses" looking to protect their turf and silence him as a voice for small business in Woonsocket. Many small business owners showed for the conference, making up the lion's share of a crowd that punctuated Brien's speech with applause. Among them were Paul's Family Restaurant, The Burrito Company, WNRI, Olly's Pizzaria and …
Supporters, representatives from about 30 small businesses, show for press conference at Pepin Lumber.
Rep. Jon Brien (D-Dist. 50) is not taking his 50-vote loss to primary challenger Stephen Casey lying down — he's firing up a write-in campaign for the seat Nov. 6. "I am announcing my write-in campaign for state representative so that voters who may have lost their chance to be heard in the primary and voters who want to be heard in November will have that chance," said Brien to a crowd of about 50 people gathered outside Pepin Lumber on Cumberland Hill Road Thursday morning.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Incumbents Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49), Sen. Marc Cote (D-Dist. 24) holding against challengers.
UPDATE: - 10:05 p.m.: With all precincts reporting in, the RI Secretary of State's website reports higher voter totals with Stephen Casey (Dist. 50), incumbents Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) and Sen. Marc Cote (D-Dist. 24) still in the lead. In Dist. 50, Casey has 720 votes to Jon Brien's 670. In Dist. 49, Baldelli-Hunt has 726, Stuart Gitlow has 78 and Michael Morin has 333. In Dist. 24, Cote has 1,298 to Lew Pryeor's 798 UPDATE - 9:21 p.m.: Final voting figures from the Woonsocket Board of Canvassers mark Stephen Casey (Dist. 50), incumbents Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) and Sen. Marc Cote (D-Dist. 24) the winners of tonight's primary. Woonsocket Board of Canvassers Manager Estelle Corriveau reports the final totals, not …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Challenger says voters deserve a voice, information from their representative.
Stephen Casey, 43, firefighter and a 12-year city resident, the son of an active town politician, decided to challenge Rep. Jon Brien for the Dist. 50 seat in the Sept. 11 primary after the incumbent's vote to table the tax equity act. The bill, H-7729, was included as an amendment to the budget during this year's legislative session. It would have restored the 2006 tax rate on people making more than $250,000 per year. Jon Brien's vote helped table the measure, effectively killing it, as did the vote of Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-District 49, Woonsocket) and 51 other representatives, according to the House Journal from June 7. "That would have brought another $131 million back into the state," Casey said. A portion of that figure could …