Mayoral candidates face uncontested primary

Mayoral candidates face uncontested primary

WOONSOCKET – Voters will face an uneventful local primary this year after two candidates withdrew from the races, though the ballot may appear confusing to some due to a technicality in state elections law that requires those names to appear on the ballot.

Former mayoral candidate Albert Beauparlant announced his intent to withdraw from the race on Aug. 8, leaving only two candidates, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and former City Council President Albert Brien, to face off in the general election. However, due to the timing of the announcement several weeks after the deadline to file a formal withdrawal of candidacy, Beauparlant’s name will still appear on the ballot. According to local Board of Canvassers Manager Estelle Corriveau, any votes for Beauparlant will not count, leaving Baldelli-Hunt and Brien to compete in an effectively uncontested primary that could offer a rare glimpse into their prospects for November.

Voters will face a similar situation in Senate District 24, covering Woonsocket and North Smithfield, where Democratic candidate Carol Frisk notified the Board of Canvassers of her withdrawal on Aug. 7, also several weeks after the deadline. Sitting City Councilor Melissa Murray is now expected to claim the Democratic nomination and face independents Richard Garrepy, Glenn Dusablon and Michael Disney in November.

Voters will encounter contested primary races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, governor and lieutenant governor, along with uncontested races for secretary of state, attorney general, general treasurer, state senator for District 20, state representative for District 49, state representative for District 50 and state representative for District 51.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters can check their voter registration and polling location and view a sample ballot online at www.sos.ri.gov .

Meet the candidates:

Lisa Baldelli-Hunt

304 Prospect Street

Age: 56

Years in Woonsocket: 56 years

Employment: 21 years with the United States Postal Service

Education: Bryant University; Woonsocket High School Class of 1980

Community Activities: Board member, Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns; member, St. Joseph’s Veterans Association; chair, RISE Prep Mayoral Academy; supporter of the Museum of Work and Culture, Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre and Woonsocket Veterans Memorial Museum

Public Service: State representative in General Assembly 2006 to 2013; elected Mayor of Woonsocket in 2013

Family: Married to Edward M. Hunt; three sons, Gary, Victor and Sam; 12-year-old rescue dog named Anjo

Albert G. Brien

513 South Main Street

Age: 77

Years in Woonsocket: 75 years

Employment: Real estate appraiser

Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Providence College

Community Activities: former president, National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, Providence chapter; former chairman, Rhode Island Real Estate Appraisers Board; former president, Blackstone Valley Housing Development Corporation; former member, Woonsocket Municipal Investment Board

Public Service: State representative 1975–1987 (served as deputy majority leader and member of Corporations Committee); former City Council president; former director of Finance and Administration for Woonsocket; former Director of Human Services/Administrative Assistant to the Mayor for Woonsocket; former chairman, Woonsocket Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

Military Service: Eight-and-a-half years in U.S. Army and U.S. Army National Guard

Family: Three children, Darlene, Jennifer and Jon