Woonsocket voters have their say this Tuesday
Woonsocket voters have their say this Tuesday
WOONSOCKET - City voters will head out to the polls on Tuesday for their first chance to weigh in on who they would like to see seated in Woonsocket's municipal government over the next three years. The Oct. 8 primary will narrow the field of candidates for the City Council from 15 to 14, and just two of the four competitors for the mayoral position will remain on the ballot by the General Election next month.
Voters are reminded to bring identification to their polling location. This year, a variety of common IDs will be accepted including a R.I. driver's license, state ID card, RIPTA bus pass, college ID and employee ID. Voters can also use a variety of non-photo IDs, including a Social Security card, bank statement or any government-issued document.
The voter ID law, which was scheduled to be phased in over two election cycles, will be fully implemented in 2014, when only photo IDs will be accepted.
The polls will open at 7 a.m. And close at 8 p.m. Any eligible voter in line when the doors close at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.
There will be a total of 11 polling places in Woonsocket this year including the following:
* Middle School at Hamlet, Gym, 60 Florence Dr.
* John F. Kennedy Manor, 547 Clinton St.
* Park View, 218 Pond St.
* Fairmount Heights, 525 Second Ave.
* Crepeau Court, 100 Front St.
* No. 1 Fire Station, 169 Providence St.
* Our Lady Queen Martyrs, School Hall, 1371 Park Ave.
* Bernon Heights School, 657 Logee St.
* Leo A. Savoie School, Cafeteria, 990 Mendon Road
* Woonsocket High School, 777 Cass Ave.
* Governor Pothier School, Gym, 420 Robinson St.
If you are unsure where to vote, you can visit the Secretary of State' website at sos.ri.gov to confirm the location, make sure their voter registration information is accurate, and check the list¬?of¬?IDs that poll workers will accept.
To view your sample ballot, or check your polling location, visit sos.ri.gov/vic/.
The 15 candidates for City Council are: Christopher Beauchamp; Jeffrey Belknap; Albert Brien; Eric Cartier; Marc Dubois; Kathryn Dumais; Richard Fagnant; Daniel Gendron; Roger Jalette; Garrett Mancieri; Anita McGuire-Forcier; Robert Moreau; Melissa Murray; Christopher Roberts and John Ward.
The following is a profile of each of the mayoral candidates who will be on the ballot:
304 Prospect St., Woonsocket
Employment: Small business owner, 6 years; formerly employed by the U.S. Postal Service, 21 years; president of APWU Local 1395, 4 years.
Activities: Former volunteer and organizer, Mercymount Country Day School and Henry Barnard School; supporter and advocate of local youth athletic programs; supporter and contributor to the Northern Rhode Island YWCA ENCOREplus program.
Public Service: State Representative, 2006- present.
Education: Woonsocket High School, 1980; Bryant College.
Family: Married to Edward M. Hunt; three sons (two school-aged and one grown.)
Issues: Baldelli-Hunt has said that she will work to get the street lights turned on in Woonsocket to improve the quality of life, make neighborhoods safer and send a strong message that the city is serious about improving the business climate. She has said as mayor she would eliminate the position of economic development director, and make that role her personal top priority. The current state representative says she also wants to target blight and crack down on absentee landlords, and reinvent the city's regulatory and permitting process to make Woonsocket more innovative and customer-friendly.
238 2nd Ave., Woonsocket
Resident: Nearly lifelong/one year in Boston
Employment: 20 year veteran of the food service industry; manager and chef, most recently at Vintage Restaurant; 2008-2013, writer/reporter for EcoRI.org and RIFuture.org
Activities: Green Party of Rhode Island; RENEW Energy Initiative; R.I. Food Policy Council
Education: Woonsocket High School, 1992
Issues: Fisher wants to create a long-term tax policy for the city, shun the short-term efficiencies of staff and service cuts in favor of investing in long-term energy efficiencies in Woonsocket's municipal buildings and infrastructure, and hire a full-time grant writer for the city. He also says he has a specific plan for stabilizing the tax rates in the city that includes tax incentives for new and existing businesses and homeowners.
Leo T. Fontaine
56 Tara Lane, Woonsocket
Employment: Before becoming mayor in 2009, Fontaine was a financial systems consultant and research analyst for Corkery Genealogical Inc. in Canton, Mass., since 1998; previously was operations manager for Boston Financial Data Services Inc., and was manager of broker/dealer operations with First Data Investment Services Corp. from 1989 to 1996; Currently a liturgical musician and organist at Sacred Heart Parish and formerly at All Saints Catholic Community and Holy Family Church in Woonsocket.
Activities: Fontaine is a member of Sacred Heart Parish; member of the American French Genealogical Society; previous memberships include the Autumnfest Steering Committee, Woonsocket Task Force on Substance Abuse, Northern R.I. Council of the Arts, Woonsocket YMCA Board of Directors, Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corp., Woonsocket Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), Woonsocket Regional Wastewater Commission, the Woonsocket Wastewater Privatization Advisory Board, Community Development Block Grant Advisory boards, New England Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., and the Woonsocket Task Force, and Policy & Enforcement Committee.
Public Service: Has been mayor since 2009 and was previously a City Council member. He was City Council president 12 out of 16 years on the council.
Education: Graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1987; received an associate's degree from the Community College of Rhode Island in 1996.
Family: Married with two school-aged children
Issues: Fontaine has said he has a solid plan for the city's future that includes improvements to education, and plans to support and enhance community assets such as Landmark Medical Center. Fontaine said he hopes to revitalize neighborhoods through business and the arts, and will work to help to restore value to homes in the city.
429 East School St., Woonsocket
Resident: 33 years
Employment: On disability; previously worked at McDonald's on Diamond Hill Road.
Public Service: State committeeman, 2007-2010.
Education: Cornerstone Christian High School, Georgia.
Marital Status: Divorced.