NEW: Rep. Malik Defeated by Knight in District 67
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Malik, the Chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Finance Committee member, had first been elected to the Rhode Island House in 1996.
With all four precincts reporting after 9 p.m., Knight had 865 votes to Malik’s 672, for a margin of 56.3% to 43.7%
Knight, a former state prosecutor who garnered the endorsement of Rhode Island Working families, left the AG’s office and started his own defense attorney practice.
Malik had weighed in on some of Knight’s clients — who had charges of sexual assault, child pornography, and DUI, among others, in a GoLocal article in August.
"I believe it is the public's right to know what a person does for a living and who that person represents," said Malik, who was first elected to the seat in 1996, on Monday. "Personally, I am very disappointed to learn about some of the clients that my opponent represents."
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Speaker Solid Night
Holding Serve for Mattiello
In a year with controversies swarming around Gallison and Carnevale, the Speaker held off challengers to more than ten of his supporters, but lost three races.
House Majority Leader John DeSimone, Jan Malik and Eileen Naughton all were long-time House members and all were knocked off. Overall, the night was a solid night for Mattiello.
Score Some Upsets
Sam Bell's efforts to restructure the legislature with a slate of Progressive candidates scored some, repeat some high profile upset wins, but overall did not add big numbers. The Progressive can score four high profile challenger wins, but lost in eight other races.
The big wins were Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Jason Knight, and Jeannie Calkin.
Morgan Takes a Hit
Morgan's Lawton Gets Beat Badly
Shawna Lawton was Rep. Patricia Morgan's candidate and was suppose to give Steve Frias a battle in the 15th District. But, in the end Frias beat Lawton 80% to 20% -- a proverbial beat down.
For Morgan who seeks to be the House Minority Leader succeeding Brian Newberry the Lawton performance is a significant setback.
Williams Beats Developer
Controversial Williams Wins
In maybe the most toxic race was the battle between long-time and embattled State Rep. Anastasia Williams and controversial developer Michael Gazdacko. Williams is tied to a number of ethical issues and the demise of the John Hope Settlement House.
Rhode Island State Representative challenger Michael Gazdacko has been working with Lance Robbins for more than a decade starting in California, where Robbins garnered the reputation as one of the most infamous "slumlords" in the country.
Pichardo is Out
Juan Pichardo, the controversial state senator who came under fire for his dual as chair of the Board of Licenses is out.
Senate District 2 turned into an upset. Pichardo was heavily criticized for making political decisions as Chair of Licensing, Ana Quezada was focused going door-to-door in the district.
Ana B. Quezada 1,157 52.2%
Juan M. Pichardo 1,060 47.8%
Warwick Senate Upset
Calkin Winner - Bernie Legacy
One of the biggest upsets of the night -- la ong-time Warwick Senator went down in Senate District 30 in the Democratic primary
Jeanine Calkin 1,090 51.8%
William A. Walaska* 1,015 48.2%
Calkin said, "For a first time candidate like me, who is motivated to keep the political revolution alive, it is so important to have the support of a Working Families Party."
Frias Beats Lawton
Frias Winner - Sets Up Race With Speaker
Steve Frias crushed Shawna Lawton which sets up a battle between Frias and Speaker Nick Mattiello in November.
This was a win for GOP Chair Brandon Bell, who was all in on Frias, and passed on recruiting significant challengers for Congress to focus on District 15.
This could be a mega-battle in November.
DeSimone Goes Down
Ranglin Winner - Biggest Upset of the Night
House Majority Leader John DeSimone appears to have been defeated. DeSimone's opponent Marcia Ranglin is claiming victory -- an epic win for the Providence School teacher. The vote in House District 5 was a surpise.
Marcia Ranglin-Vassell 611 51.1%
John J. DeSimone 584 48.9%
Tanzi Beats Two Back
Tanzi Fights Off Two
District 34 Representative and sometimes lightning rod Teresa Tanzi has beaten two challengers - Tanzi captured nearly 63% of the vote.
Representative in General Assembly District 34 (View votes statewide)
Teresa Tanzi* 977 51.3%
Ewa M. Dzwierzynski 469 24.6%
Rachel Clough 458 24.1%
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