Carosi defeats Mattiello in District 41 primary

Carosi defeats Mattiello in District 41 primary

SCITUATE – In Scituate, District 41 candidate Pamela Carosi won a wide margin of the vote over opponent Giuseppe Mattiello in Tuesday’s primary polling place results, enough of a margin for Mattiello to concede defeat before mail ballots were counted.

Carosi said her messages highlighting a thoughtful government and ethical campaign paid off for her in the primary. She considers the overwhelming results, or nearly three-quarters of the vote going to her, as a big win and said she will move forward with the same positive messages.

“I think people are excited to see a fresh new face on campus. I think during this trying time with coronavirus, people are happy to see someone with a positive, upbeat attitude,” Carosi said.

Carosi earned 82 percent of the in-person vote on the Scituate side of District 41 on Tuesday, with a total of 155 votes here. Mattiello earned 18 percent of the Scituate tally, or 34 votes.

In Cranston, Carosi earned 62 percent of the vote, or 88 votes, to Mattiello’s 38 percent, or 54 votes.

For in-person voting on Tuesday, Carosi earned 73.4 percent of the vote with 243 votes, while Mattiello earned 26.6 percent, or 88 votes.

Carosi will now go up against incumbent Robert Quattrocchi, a Republican who is running for his third term in office, in the Nov. 3 election. She said she believes Quattrocchi is a “good fellow,” but it is time for a change at the Statehouse.

Mattiello said he is OK with his first attempt at the office not being a success, and he is grateful for the experience.

“I worked hard. I did a lot of mail-ins, met with folks. I thought for sure it would be a cinch,” said Mattiello, who is cousins with Rhode Island Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello.

The early results on the Rhode Island Board of Elections website Tuesday had many people on social media sites mistakenly thinking that it was Speaker Mattiello who had gone down.

District 41 represents Scituate and parts of Cranston.

In Scituate, 409 residents came out to vote, with 31 early voters coming to Town Hall in the weeks leading up to the primary, and 282 more mail ballots waiting to be counted. According to Gloria Taylor with the Scituate Board of Canvassers, final tallies may not be ready until Thursday.

Taylor said primary voting numbers came in early, making for an all-around slow day at the polls.

Mattiello’s campaign focused on helping the state financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and he’d highlighted a business-oriented mentality to bring about positive change.

Among her other objectives, Carosi says she will take small business owners (she is one) into consideration while focusing on education and keeping taxes low.