Voters deciding today on council, school board, General Assembly candidates

Voters deciding today on council, school board, General Assembly candidates

PAWTUCKET – Voters heading to the polls today, Sept. 12, have a number of key Democratic primaries to decide, including:

• The at-large race between seven Democrats seeking one of three top bids and the right to move on to the general election. Running to advance are recently elected incumbent Councilor Michael Araujo and incumbent Councilor Albert Vitali Jr., as well as James Chellel Jr., Emmanuel Echevarria, Elena Vasquez, Janie Lee Segui Rodriguez, and Mark Theroux. Araujo and Vitali are the endorsed Democrats in the race.

Waiting on the three winners in November’s general election are independents Melissa DaRosa and Rodney Barber. Dana Drowne’s name will also appear on the primary ballot, since he withdrew late from the race. His inclusion on the ballot could still have an impact on who ultimately comes out on top.

• The School Committee race between eight Democrats seeking seven slots and the chance to do the same thing again in November against independent Jorge Gil. School board Chairman Gerard Charbonneau and six other Democrats, Stephen Larbi, Joanne Bonollo, Roberto Moreno, Joseph Knight, Kimberly Grant, Erin Dube are running as a group. Democrat John Arcaro, who previously ran for mayor under the Sick of Scandals party designation, is also seeking a seat, saying he’s running against the “political machine” in Pawtucket.

• District 6 incumbent Councilor Tim Rudd is facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Jeffrey Appiah. Rudd says Appiah is running on many of the quality of life issues and neighborhood involvement goals that he’s already living out as the district councilman. The winner here takes the seat, with no one running in November.

• District 4 Councilor John Barry III is looking to fend off a challenge from two first-time candidates, progressive Democrat Andrew Maguire and more traditional Democrat Joseph Flanagan. Maguire is seeking to “dream big” on a number of economic development and progressive goals, while Flanagan is focusing on a mix of maintaining the beloved traditions of the city and developing new destination locations in the city. The winner takes on independent Pamela Braman in November.

• In House District 58, incumbent Rep. Carlos Tobon is facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Jonathan Vallecilla, who previously ran twice against Tobon as an independent.

• In House District 59, incumbent Rep. Jean Philippe Barros is facing off against David Santagata in the Democratic primary.