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NEW: Rep. Malik Defeated by Knight in District 67

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

 

Jason Knight

Representative Jan Malik was defeated by Democratic challenger Jason Knight on Tuesday, in the District 67 primary in Barrington and Warren.

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%

About Knight

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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