Woonsocket statehouse incumbents look to hold their seats

Woonsocket statehouse incumbents look to hold their seats

WOONSOCKET - All five members of the Woonsocket's current delegation to the General Assembly have declared their intent to hold onto their seats, and few challengers had emerged for the positions as of The Breeze's print deadline Wednesday morning.

Rep. Michael Morin, a Democrat who won the District 49 seat in a special election in February to fill the vacancy left when Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt took office, will be seeking reelection this fall. He had no known challengers as of 10 a.m. on the final day for filing at City Hall, but candidates still had the remainder of the day to register.

Rep. Stephen Casey, a Democrat from District 50, will be seeking his second term, and also had no opponents as of Wednesday. In District 51, Democratic Rep. Robert Phillips was also the only candidate who had filed.

Baldelli-Hunt spoke out on behalf of all three incumbents this week, saying they had an excellent working relationship with her administration.

"The three House members have been very responsive to the needs of the city and have been working hard on behalf of our citizens to bring state relief that is so badly needed," said Baldelli-Hunt, who was a member of the House for seven years before being elected mayor last November. "They have been extremely cooperative with me and have delivered very necessary funding to help our citizens."

In lending the group her support, Baldelli-Hunt pointed out that the budget enacted by the General Assembly contains the final piece of funding to revitalize World War II Memorial Park, as well as additional state money for schools.

In the Senate, the longtime District 24 representative, Sen. Marc Cote, a Democrat, will face fellow Democrat Lewis Pryeor, who lost a prior bid for the spot in 2012.

Also on the ballot for District 24 will be perennial independent candidate Michael Moniz, who has lost past bids for local government around a dozen times. Moniz had previously told The Breeze that he would run for governor this year.

Sen. Roger Picard, a Democrat, has also declared his intent to maintain his seat representing District 20. Picard had no challengers as of Wednesday morning.

For an updated and complete list of candidates visit valleybreeze.com.