Kallman takes down Bray; Moran, Rudd both win easily

Kallman takes down Bray; Moran, Rudd both win easily

Pawtucket City Council President David Moran, center, greets one of his supporters outside the Curtis Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. Moran was fighting off a District 1 challenge from School Committeeperson Kimberly Grant. (Breeze Photo by Tom Ward)
Cano, Tetreault and Vitali win at-large council race

PAWTUCKET – Upstart progressive Democrat Meghan Kallman beat incumbent District 5 City Councilor Mary Bray convincingly Tuesday, taking 56.6 percent of the vote, or 395 votes, to Bray’s 43.4 percent, or 303 votes.

Kallman told The Breeze she’s “really excited, humbled, and very much looking forward to being a representative for my community” on the council. She had campaigned on the idea that the council as currently made up turns down too many initiatives.

Kallman said her focus out of the gate will be on helping small businesses and promoting the city’s promising transportation initiatives, including a planned rail station.

The winner said she’s a “coalition builder” and will “build bridges” on the council to get things done for the city she loves.

In District 1, City Council President David Moran bested challenger Kimberly Grant by more than 200 votes Tuesday, taking home 625 votes or 60.3 percent, to 412 votes for Grant, or 39.7 percent.

Moran said it was an “exhilarating” win and he believes the voters recognized the hard work he’s put in on their behalf over 25 years on the council. He said he never takes an election for granted and finds having an opponent to be “very healthy.”

Each election is like a job interview, he said, and the voters clearly believe he’s doing his job to move viable initiatives forward while keeping the administration accountable.

Grant said in a post Tuesday that she has no regrets about challenging Moran.

"This summer I set out on a journey and it makes me sad that the journey has come to an end," she said. "The political arena is a difficult one but we took a shot. We lost but we didn't back away. There are many people to thank and you all know who you are. I love you and appreciate your friendship."

Two incumbent Democrats in the at-large council race, Larry Tetreault and Sandra Cano, took home the votes to move on to the general election, while a third, long-time Councilman Thomas Hodge, came up short of victory.

Cano again finished first, with 3,209 votes, Tetreault was in second, with 3,072 votes, and Albert Vitali Jr. in third, with 2,638 votes.

A bullet vote campaign for Tetreault may have helped boost him to victory. Supporters were urging people to fill in the bubble only for his name to give him an extra advantage.

The three winners now move on to the general election where they’ll face independent Rodney Barber.

A battle over allegiances and alliances played out in recent days, as Mayor Donald Grebien backed Hodge, Cano and Vitali even though Cano wasn’t endorsed by the Democratic City Committee and Tetreault was.

Incumbent District 6 Councilor Tim Rudd also stormed to victory, winning 73.6 percent of the vote, or 620 votes, to challenger Robert Knych’s 26.4 percent of the vote, or 222 votes.

For School Committee, repeat challenger John Crowley pulled off a bit of an upset when he came in the seventh and final spot and won a seat on the committee. Endorsed candidate Wilder Arboleda came in ninth place, 57 votes behind eighth-place finisher Olga Torres.

The winning school board members, in order, are Michael Araujo, 3,269 votes, Erin Dube, 3,134 votes, Joanne Bonollo, 3,077 votes, Gerard Charbonneau, 2,852 votes, Elena Vasquez, 2,751 votes, Joseph Knight, 2,650 votes, and Crowley, 2,421 votes.

Comments

I find it sad that only 698 votes were cast in the City Council race. I have not had a chance to analyze the poll results yet, but if Pawtucket residents are going to complain about their elected officials, they should get out and vote.

Agreed, people need to vote.

Otherwise you get this result aka a machine vote.

Kallman hunkered up to Cano on spammed flyers is the tip off to the machine power getting out the vote.

The only way to combat this is high turnout...the machine voters always show up.

This result hurts the District.

No one who is listening to us can hurt our District. We are too strong to continue electing brick walls.

I don't know if the two young ladies who knocked my neighbor's and my doors on behalf of District 5's Dem Candidate to City Council were part of a "machine conspiracy" (like skynet?)

BUT they were the ONLY people who have come 'round and asked me what I care about since I have lived in Oak Hill. I believe in representative democracy, and with Kallman running in the fall, I believe my neighbors and I have an accessible, accountable and genuine person representing our needs, our values, and our Ward in the council. The fact that she is a young, energetic woman with principles and a focus on opening up access to the political system might scare some people, but those are the ones who would rather our city stay back in the days of "I know a guy" - there's just no room for that anymore. Every single citizen in our communities ought to be represented. We see that in Kallman.

Yes, you need to be represented. Mary Bray did a wonderful job doing that for you. I hope before you colored your circle for Kallman you educated yourself on the candidate. Did you look to see what she has done previously or was it just a smiling face out looking for a vote? She knew "a guy". But enlighten us on her principles that you found most appealing.

Kallman S views are warped, she has no interest in the "other side" of her ward. She had no interest in reaching out to the community leaders in her ward. She did not knock on the doors of any minority in my neighborhood. How does one run for a position to represent an area that is prodominately minorities, by just selecting support from those who look and act like her? She only worried about the polling station that suited her best, she will not last. The only thing she has in common with our community here is, we are all within walking distance of butler, and her past arrests. That's not enough to convince me that she will serve this mixed community best. I'm moving soon and Mary will be missed.

The only candidate for the Pawtucket City Council who is interested in knocking on your door to hear your voice and listen to your opinions and suggestions is Independent Rodney Barber who is a public servant, not a politician.

You must be joking.

How about you check out Rodney Barber's facebook page? Not a Politician? He was pushing for people to vote for Kallman, Grant and Knynch. For someone that isn't a politician he sure jumped into that arena! He isn't "Independent" of his support for those 3. FYI, Grant and Knynch LOST! He will join their club as well.

Barber should not be serious, given the manner in which he disrespects the council every chance he gets. Does he think he will be respected for the way he behaves at council meetings? No chance! We do not need his arrogance and his skill of attacking people's characters, with his aimless accusations. Besides he supports losers so we know where he stands. Pawtucket must have better choices than these clowns. This election is showing all of us how much of a joke this city is becoming. Even the good ones latch onto the bad and it's sad to watch.

An earlier commenter said Kallman/her allies were the first people to knock on his door and ask about opinions since he moved into Oak Hill. Newsflash for you: None of Ward 5 falls in the Oak Hill neighborhood. Oak Hill is the other side of East Ave down to the river. You live in Woodlawn; but Kallman and supporters wouldn't admit to that because they don't seem to bother with Woodlawn and the people that live there. And Woodlawn has lost their true public servant in Bray. Kallman needs to wake up and realize that she needs to serve the needs of the people who live near Payne Park, Main Street, West Ave, Pine Street, Weeden and Barton Street, living in in three decker tenements. Her Crash Pawtucket scheme isn't what Ward 5 needs. They need public safety and services and job training, etc. Ward 5, I'm sorry for your loss, and it looks like you're not gaining an effective advocate in Kallman.

Unfortunately District 5, this paints a sad picture. This is who Meghan Kallman really is. Normally I would comment on particulars of an article but I’m speechless. I think the article in the link speaks for itself.

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-do-you-decide-to-have-a-baby-when-...

Kallman Bio starts about middle of the article, next to picture of Kallman in front of microphone.

TheBucket wrote: "How about you check out Rodney Barber's facebook page?Not a Politician? He was pushing for people to vote for Kallman, Grant and Knynch. For someone that isn't a politician he sure jumped into that arena! He isn't "Independent" of his support for those 3. FYI, Grant and Knynch LOST! He will join their club as well."
Who is "Knynch"? Are you proposing that an Independent challenger who does not align with a political party cannot support anyone?

Pawtucketonian wrote on Thu, 2016-09-15 15:55: "Barber should not be serious, given the manner in which he disrespects the council every chance he gets. Does he think he will be respected for the way he behaves at council meetings? No chance! We do not need his arrogance and his skill of attacking people's characters, with his aimless accusations. Besides he supports losers so we know where he stands. Pawtucket must have better choices than these clowns. This election is showing all of us how much of a joke this city is becoming. Even the good ones latch onto the bad and it's sad to watch." Are you proposing that referring to others as "losers and clowns" is a sign of good mannerism and respect?

Oak Hill is technically split by East Ave......the River side of East ave isn't District 5......cross over Pawtucket Ave and you head into Woodlawn, correct me if I'm wrong. Your councilor is your conduit for problem resolution. We'll find soon about what happens when you call your councilor for a neighborhood problem. I know what would when Mary Bray picked up the phone. Interested in comparing and contrasting the result of a call to Kallman. I know now that I won't be calling about Conceivable Futures, carbon credits or community gardens. Should be a hoot. Meghan- Remember you only have one chance to make a first impression. HINT- model your responsiveness after Mary Bray....not Jean Phillipe Barros. You owe Mary a lunch for some pointers.

Who cares about Barber.

AvidReader - is that story legit? You have spewed some crazy stuff before but that takes the cake. It sounds too out there to be for real.

Please say it isn't so...

Thank you for paying very close attention to detail but not using common sense, I can be arrogant and rude, why? Because I am not running for any seat, he is. I am a taxpayer and a voter and I have a right to expect much more professionalism out of who represents my city. And by the way, I'd rather be rude and disrespectful than be incoherent and incompetent along with stalking everyone who comments as if your going to change anyone's views with your copy and paste skills.

The story is true and was out in time for voters to research it. Sad that her message to young girls will be, use abortion as a birth control. And use global warming as an excuse to line up at planned parenthood. And even if you get arrested and date a criminal you can still work for your community in which you care nothing about.

Is that you?

Hope you like what you elected;

http://conceivablefuture.org/

That district is in for a bumpy ride. WOW!!!

I hope Kallman understands that her job as councilor of District 5 in Pawtucket RI is not to save the world....do that on your own time.

I wonder....did Meghan meet Tim while teaching at prison? That's an honest question. Curious....didn't realize a convicted felon moved into my neighhood then connected fact with her to prison teaching work. Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes.

You are welcome. Because we have not had an opportunity to discuss our perception of "common sense", I will refrain from judging yours. Of course you "can be arrogant and rude". However, when you engage in a public discussion on moral character and respect while purveying these traits, you are, by your choice, not authentic and therefore credible. This is irrespective of your desire to run for public office or not. Clearly, I did not intend to change anyone's views. I was merely expressing an opinion. We live in a democratic society and can do so freely. Warmest regards :)

Your condescending tone does not go unnoticed. I don not need your reminder that this is a public forum, just as you are free to copy and paste every other comment, in order to address it in your arrogant manner, those you are addressing are free to reply back, you clearly think you should get the last word, after giving your unsolicited opinion. If you can dish it out, you need to bend over and take it too. You should exercise your right to remain silent in regards to suggesting barber is the only one who should be knocking on doors, he is a ticking bomb and should not be knocking on anyone's doors, safety first and with all these nuts cases and criminals using elections to scope out homes and knock on doors, there should be police escorts.

As a member of a democratic society, I decide what, when, and how I say or write to express my opinion. Same principle applies to my "bending", "should" and any other activities associated with my projections of my personhood in public. As much as your "religion" (id est attempting to indoctrinate me with should, etc.) may appear attractive to you or others, I am not a member of your "congregation". Therefore, I will not comment on your "gospel" of the police escort for the 2016 election candidates. Clearly, the City of Pawtucket through its administration has a more prudent use for the taxpayer funds. Time will tell, of course. The questions is whether patience will manifest in your "church". Warmest regards :)

you are very unique, strange to say the least. You are clearly a fan of kallman and barber, no one can take that from you, for sure. You talk in tongues, and that my cue that you definately do not share my religious believes. You should follow kallmans beliefs and find a bridge, do us all a huge favor, you are without a doubt the work of something satanic and I will refrain from entertaining your debate. The police has better things to do, like keeping a close eye on you. (Scratching my head)

Regarding your judgment of my faith or its lack thereof: "Thou shalt not judge." (Luke 6:37)
Regarding my association with Kallman - I do not know who he or she is.
I wonder why you refer to yourself as "ourselves" and wish you the best. That is not "satanic" but practicing the Golden Rule :) Once the Pawtucket Police have more time resources to monitor the traffic on School Street, we (the Pawtucket residents) will have more money in out city coffers. Warmest regards :)