NORTH KINGSTOWN—As the country focuses on Trump vs. Hillary in the presidential elections this fall, candidates for local and state electoral positions had until last Wednesday to file with the Rhode Island Secretary of State. There are a few familiar ...
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ€”As the country focuses on Trump vs. Hillary in the presidential elections this fall, candidates for local and state electoral positions had until last Wednesday to file with the Rhode Island Secretary of State. There are a few familiar faces hoping for a seat, as well as some leaving one.Â In North Kingstown, current town council members Jason Albuquerque, Carol Hueston, and president Kerry McKay, all Republicans, will run once more. Independents Kevin Maloney and Ellen Waxman will also attempt to return.Former town councilor and Democrat Richard Welch will run, as well as fellow party members Rickey L. Thompson and John D. Kliever.
In May, Welch earned a settlement with the town council after he was refused by McKay to speak at public comment during a regular meeting. The ACLU filed a civil suit in Superior Court as a result, but the council agreed to make sure that all residents in the future would have the opportunity to speak at council meetings, as well as to pay for court and legal fees.Republican and North Kingstown resident Justine M. Rosenfield is also running for a spot on the town council, as well as Independent Maria A. Cardi and Libertarian Tony Jones.Jones is most well-known for running for the position of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor in 2014 in order to eliminate the position.A surprise candidate for town council is Dist. 31 (North Kingstown, Exeter) Representative Doreen Costa, who will not seek re-election at the State House. She said on Tuesday that because she ran on a platform in 2014 of term limits, she will â€˜be true to [her] wordâ€™.â€œThe right thing to do was to do the three terms and stay true to my word,â€ she said. â€œI had to. If you do not have your word, you have nothing.â€For North Kingstown School Committee, incumbent and Republican Robert S. Jones will seek re-election. Republican Reina S. Stevens and Democrat Jennifer P. Hoskins will also run.Current school committee member Lynda Avanzato will not seek reelection.â€œI have served eight years and feel like I accomplished what I intended with reform[ing] the school system,â€ she said Tuesday. â€œI hope that happens on the town side, which is desperately needed.â€For the House of Representatives, Democrat Julie Casimiro will run once more for District 31 after losing to Costa in 2014, as well as fellow Democrat and incumbent Robert S. Craven, Sr. Craven will be challenged by Republican and former Rhode Island GOP President Mark Zaccharia. Casimiro will face off against Exeter resident and Republican Michael Paul Marfeo. Independent Liam C. MacNiallais withdrew has withdrawn his candidacy.
Incumbent and Democrat James C. Sheehan will run for Senate District 36 (North Kingstown, Narragansett) unopposed. Republican and current seat holder Mark W. Gee (Dist. 35â€”East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett) will face off against Democrat Paul H. Martin.In Exeter, Republican incumbent Elaine J. Morgan will vie with her predecessor in Senate District 34, Democrat Catherine Cool Rumsey. The House side will see a similar battle, as Republican Justin Price will run against his predecessor Larry Valencia for District 39.Exeter Town Council will see each memberâ€”Daniel W. Patterson, Kevin McGovern, Calvin Ellis, and Raymond J. Morrissey, Jr.â€”running for re-election with the exception of long-time member Arlene Hicks. Challengers will be Democrats Maeyee Lee Barrette and Marvin John Hughes, Republicans Francis T. Maher, Jr., Joseph St. Lawrence and David Alan Stukus, as well as Independent Jonathan J. Riccitelli.For Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee, Republican Michael J. Picillo and Independent Aimee M. Gardiner will run alongside incumbent and Independent Valerie J. Zuercher. Former school committee member Paul R. McFadden will also run again.The statewide primary will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, while the presidential election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8.