Board of Canvassers announces consolidated polls

Board of Canvassers announces consolidated polls

Candidate forum Wednesday evening

PAWTUCKET –The Pawtucket Board of Canvassers has announced that the consolidated polling locations for the special June 5 Democratic primary for the at-large council seat, and the July 10 special election will be as follows:

• Council District 1: Uniao Portuguesa Beneficente Club (Portuguese Club), 134 Benefit St.

• Council District 2: Burns Manor, 95 Park St.

• Council District 3: St. Teresa’s Church Hall, 358 Newport Ave.

• Council District 4: Portuguese Social Club, 131 School St.

• Council District 5: St. Germain Manor, 401 Mineral Spring Ave.

• Council District 6: Kennedy Manor, 175 Broad St.

These are the only polling locations that will be open for these two special elections, down from 31 typically. Voters from each of the council districts are asked to cast their vote between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at their designated polling place on the days of the votes.

Call 401-722-1637 for more information.

City officials had asked state officials to approve reducing the number of polling places for the at-large election, citing low turnout in past special elections as the reason all spots aren’t needed. The cost of running a full election, with all polling locations open, is about $100,000.

Democrats running in the at-large primary are Michael Araujo and Emmanuel Echevarria. A third Democrat, John Arcaro, dropped out. The winner of the primary will face independent Rodney Barber. City Registrar Ken McGill last week said Echevarria, Araujo and Barber all submitted the signatures needed to run.

Tonight, Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Smithfield Avenue Congregational Church, 514 Smithfield Ave., the Fairlawn Against Crime Team (F.A.C.T.) is hosting a meet-and-greet event for Pawtucket residents and candidates for the at-large seat vacated by Sandra Cano after she won a special election for the Senate District 8 seat vacated by former Sen. Jamie Doyle. Araujo is not expected at the event, citing a prior commitment. Fairlawn resident and WBOB talk show host Scott Rotondo will facilitate.

Echevarria, the chief innovation and performance officer for the city of Providence, is touting his history of fiscal responsibility with the capital city’s department heads and working with business owners to improve the delivery of municipal services. One project under his direction was making the application and renewal process for business licenses easier through the use of technology.

“We brought the process online and made sure that those who would be applying for licenses had some say in the way the new application process would look,” he said in a release.

The work has given him the opportunity to promote the principles of transparency and collaboration in government, he added.

In a release of his own, Araujo said he’s been a strong advocate for creating 21st century learning environments during his seven years on the School Committee. He helped create a $273 million facility master plan, and both Potter-Burns Elementary School and Nathanael Greene Elementary School received significant overhauls.

“These upgrades are significant and are state-of-the-art remodels,” he said. “However, we have so much more work to do to have all Pawtucket school buildings be like these two models.”

State leaders are bringing forward a $500 million plan through two separate bonds for school improvements across the state, an effort he supports, said Araujo.

“If the bonds go to a vote and pass, I will work hard as a member of the City Council to see that Pawtucket can take part in this program, a program that will give over an 81 percent reimbursement rate to Pawtucket, a program that will allow us to keep chipping away at our facility’s needs and continue towards our goal to have all of our schools be a 21st century learning environments,” he said.