No upsets in Pawtucket City Council races

No upsets in Pawtucket City Council races

PAWTUCKET – The favorites all coasted to victory in Wednesday's Pawtucket City Council races, with nothing resembling an upset.

In the at-large race, Michael Araujo followed up his special election wins earlier this year to become the top vote-getter in the primary, with 2,890 votes, or 20.3 percent of the total. The two other winners in the primary are Elena Vasquez, with 2,455 votes, or 17.2 percent, and incumbent Councilor Albert Vitali Jr., with 2,359 votes, or 16.6 percent.

Araujo and Vitali were the two endorsed Democrats, and they were campaigning as a team with Vasquez as three allies of Mayor Donald Grebien. Those three will now face independents Rodney Barber and Melissa DaRosa in the general election.

Rounding out the eight Democrats in the primary were Emmanuel Echevarria, with 1,543 votes, or 10.8 percent, Mark Theroux, with 1,468 votes, or 10.3 percent, James Chellel Jr., with 1,425 votes, or 10 percent, Janie Lee Segui Rodriguez, with 1,228 votes, or 8.6 percent, and Dana Drowne, with 867 votes, or 6.1 percent.

Drowne received nearly 900 votes even after dropping out of the race following a revelation that he was previously arrested on charges of domestic violence.

The Pawtucket Teachers Alliance was endorsing Araujo, Vasquez and Chellel, all current or former members of the school board.

District 6 incumbent Councilor Tim Rudd scored the widest margin of victory in the council races, taking home 782 votes, or 82.7 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary against Jeffrey Appiah, who received 164 votes, or 17.3 percent.

In District 4, veteran incumbent Councilor John Barry III won 52.3 percent of the vote, or 521 votes total, easily distancing himself from fellow Democrats Joseph Flanagan, with 26.2 percent, or 261 votes, Andrew Maguire, with 21.5 percent, or 214 votes.

Incumbent Democrats in Pawtucket's General Assembly delegation scored big wins Wednesday. House 59 Rep. Jean Philippe Barros beat fellow Democrat David Santagata, with 1,175 votes, or 87 percent, to 175 votes, or 13 percent. House 58 Rep. Carlos Tobon had a narrower margin, defeating three-time opponent Jonathan Vallecilla by a vote of 668-308, or 68.4 percent to 31.6 percent.