Candidates file papers in Woonsocket

Candidates file papers in Woonsocket

This story has been updated to reflect candidates who filed papers on Wednesday afternoon.

WOONSOCKET – City residents are in for a busy election season in November, though for most, that comes as no surprise.

Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and challenger Jon Brien had both filed papers this week to run for mayor in the fall. Baldelli-Hunt will be seeking her fourth term, while Brien, current vice president of the City Council and a former state representative, will be making his first bid for the city’s highest elected position.

Both candidates had previously indicated their plans to run for office, and the race had already begun to heat up, with Brien establishing a campaign headquarters on Main Street earlier this year. His father, Albert Brien, lost a mayoral challenge to Baldelli-Hunt in 2018.

Candidates had from Monday at 8:30 a.m. to Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. to declare their intent to seek office.

In the City Council race, incumbents Daniel Gendron, Alex Kithes, David Soucy, John Ward, Denise Sierra and James Cournoyer all plan to seek re-election. A group of candidates who announced their plans to run earlier this month, including newcomers Marlene Guay, Vaughan Miller and Charmaine Webster, also filed paperwork. Along with Kithes, the three candidates plan to run under the title “Woonsocket Democrats” and are sponsored by the Rhode Island Political Cooperative.

Garrett Mancieri, a former councilor and local Realtor who currently serves as chairman of the Autumnfest Steering Committee, is also running for City Council, as is Margaux Morisseau, who works as the director of community engagement for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley. Roger Jalette Sr., a former council president who lost in a special election to Kithes last year, also filed papers to run for City Council this week, as did Michael Disney, a local resident who has run for most elected positions in the city without success.

New candidates to the City Council race include Wendall Gardner, a current member of the Planning Board, and Valerie Gonzalez, a former School Committee member and pastor at Vida Church.

In the School Committee race, incumbents Paul Bourget, Lynn Kapiskas and Donald Burke have all declared their candidacy for another term. Alan Leclaire and Amie Costa have also filed papers to run for School Committee.

In the race for House District 49, Vincent Bono, president of the Boston Surface Railroad Company, announced last week he plans to run as an independent. Steven Lima, a former mayoral candidate who resigned his position as director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development earlier this year, filed papers on Wednesday to run for the seat as a Democrat. State Rep. Michael Morin, who currently serves in the seat, announced earlier this year he does not plan to seek re-election.

Other General Assembly races remained uneventful at press time, with only incumbent candidates declaring for the seats. Sen. Melissa Murray (Democrat, District 24), Sen. Roger Picard (Democrat, District 20), Rep. Stephen Casey (Democrat, District 50) and Rep. Robert Phillips (Democrat, District 51) all plan to seek re-election.