The Scoop: Woonsocket Mayoral Showdown Today
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Woonsocket Mayoral Showdown Today
Woonsocket voters will trim down the field for mayor and city council today in the city’s primary election.
Voters are tasked with reducing the mayoral field from four candidates to two, as well shrinking the field for city council from 15 to 14 candidates.
Despite the contested race for city council, the main attraction of today’s primary is the mayoral face off.
The four-person race features incumbent Republican Mayor Leo Fontaine, who has served as the city’s mayor since 2009; Democratic State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt; Michael E. Moniz, and newcomer David Fisher.
Baldelli-Hunt, who may pose the biggest threat to Fontaine, recently accused Fontaine of trying to balance his municipal deficit on the back of the education department.
“He looks foolish. The mayor is falsely blaming the school department and doesn’t want them to disclose their finances because they have a balanced budget,” Baldelli-Hunt recently told GoLocal in regard to a gag order that Fontaine put on the education department last month.
The race's other contender Fisher, an Independent, told GoLocal that if elected mayor, his "only responsibility will be to the people of Woonsocket."
As far as how to help the people of Woonsocket, Fisher told GoLocal: “The first step to ending the dividing and corrupting influence of partisan politics in our cities, state, and country is to elect candidates that will be beholden to no one but their constituents, including those that vote for another candidate or not at all."
Fisher, who has taken no money or support from political parties, corporations, or special interest groups, told GoLocal that his campaign has been “less about who gets into the mayor’s office, and more about injecting new ideas and perspectives into the stagnant political thought and conversation in Woonsocket.”
“Whether we make it through to the general election or not, I think that we have already succeeded in this respect,” Fisher added.
The top two vote getters will face off against one another on November 5th.
As in true will all of Rhode Island, Woonsocket voters will be required to show a valid ID to vote in today’s primary—which includes driver’s licenses, passports, RIPTA bus passes, and school identification cards. Starting in 2014, voters will be required to show a photo ID prior to voting.
The deadline to register to vote in the Woonsocket general election has passed, but voters still have until October 15 to request a mail ballot.
For more information about today’s Woonsocket primary election contact the Secretary of State’s office at 401-222-2340, visit sos.ri.gov, or call the Woonsocket Board of Canvassers at 401-767-9223. Click here if you’re unsure where your polling location is.
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Caprio for Treasurer
Frank Caprio running for General Treasurer again.
Former Rhode Island General Treasurer Frank Caprio is eyeing a return to return to the post.
This morning, Caprio announced at Caserta Pizza in Providence that he will run as a Democrat to reclaim the position he held from 2007-2011. Caprio previously announced his intention to run in May.
“My vision for the Treasurer’s office is for it to be an advocate for Rhode Islanders and provide superior, on demand customer service. I will be working for you and all the residents of Rhode Island- You are the boss,” reads a statement on Caprio's new campaign website.
Aside from Treasurer, Caprio also served as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1990-1994 and as a member of the Rhode Island Senate from 1994-2006.
In 2010, Caprio was the Democratic nominee for the Rhode Island gubernatorial election. Caprio, a one-time front-runner, dropped in the polls after he told President Barack Obama that he could take his endorsement and "shove it,” a remark that he later apologized for.
Woonsocket mayoral fundraising totals.
In light of today's Woonsocket mayoral primary, we've decided to take a look at the candidate's fundraising totals going into today.
According to documents filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) holds a commanding lead over incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine in regard to their respective bank accounts as of the latest filing date.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Lisa Baldelli-Hunt: $20,753.10
- Mayor Leo Fontaine: $3,127.79
There are no financial summaries available for the primary's other two contenders David Fisher and Michael Moniz.
Source of data: ricampaignfinance.com
Whitehouse Talks Drugs
US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to participate in war on drugs panel discussion.
US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will join Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson tomorrow at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for a special screening of the documentary “Breaking the Taboo,” about the war on drugs.
Following the screening, Whitehouse will participate in a panel discussion to examine ways to help drug offenders get back on the right path and reduce the burden that drug convictions place on American prison systems.
The discussion will also feature Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance and A.T. Wall, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.
Narrated by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, “Breaking the Taboo,” takes a critical look at how after 50 years of prohibition, illicit drugs are now the third most valuable industry in the world after food and oil.
Whitehouse recently announced $949,593 in federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants for towns across Rhode Island to combat substance abuse, particularly amongst the state’s youth.
Giroux Backs Fisher
Candidate Todd Giroux backs David Fisher in the Woonsocket mayoral race.
Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island Todd Giroux is backing Independent candidate David Fisher in Woonsocket's mayoral race.
Giroux, who has interviewed Fisher on his radio program GX RadioActive, touts Fisher's commitment to the people of Main Street as a primary reason for the endorsement.
"David Fisher is the people's candidate in the Woonsocket mayor's race and he has my endorsement," said Giroux. "His experience as a writer, an activist and campaign manager for Abel Collins for Congress support his actions and views for main street people and are centered on community development projects that keep business in Woonsocket and the State of Rhode Island. His ideas to develop Walnut Hill have been cheered by business leaders and people who have watched existing leaders drive business away from the city limits."
"David has the drive and leadership to deliver action beyond the capacity of existing leadership," Giroux added. "This is real chance to deliver the first jobs program in the state. Combined with low interest refinance program for property owners, the result will increase demand in manufacturing and create jobs training programs with industry/business and bring main street labor to the table."
"This election represents the greater needs of people of Woonsocket and Rhode Island beyond business as usual and will continue with candidates who stand up for Main Street. Today is the primary and I will be calling on friends to support David Fisher for Mayor of Woonsocket," Giroux concluded.
Chafee Gets Creative
Chafee highlights Rhode Island’s creative businesses.
Earlier today, Governor Lincoln Chafee visited two businesses in Bristol to emphasize the importance of Rhode Island’s creative and artistic industries on the state’s economy.
“Today, I visited two facilities in Bristol - Amaral Custom Fabrication and Clear Carbon & Components - that showcase Rhode Island's vibrant arts industry and creative economy,” said Chafee. “Our craftspeople and their businesses are national leaders that are fueling Rhode Island's economic recovery.”
Chafee’s visit also coincides with Rhode Island’s celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. It is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the U.S.
Clear Carbon & Components, a manufactures of high-end composite products and components, specializes in making carbon fiber musical instrument shells out of the same material used for building spacecrafts.
Amaral Custom Fabrication specializes in the fabrication of large scale industrial, metal and automotive sculptures.