Morin win confirmed after final tally of Primary votes for Woonsocket's District 49

Morin win confirmed after final tally of Primary votes for Woonsocket's District 49

WOONSOCKET – With all of the eligible emergency and absentee votes certified and counted, city fire marshal Michael Morin is one step closer to being confirmed as the new representative for House District 49.

Morin was the victor in a close Democratic Primary election Tuesday, Jan. 21 against former school board member Douglas Brown and physical therapist Mark Chenot. The longtime fire marshal, who also serves as president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 732, was endorsed by the state Democratic party as well as Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who vacated the seat in December to assume her role in City Hall.

On Tuesday night, results from the polls showed Morin ahead of Brown by 37 votes, but several mail-in and provisional ballots remained to be counted. The Board of Elections finished that process on Thursday and final tallies show Morin winning the seat with 373 votes, or roughly 52 percent, and Brown receiving 334, or around 46 percent. Chenot received just 9 of the 716 votes cast for a total of just over 1 percent.

Only Morin's name will appear on the ballot for the final Special Election on Feb. 25, as there are no Republican or Independent candidates for the seat.