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Voters Dump Mayor, Return Rose

East Providence voters return only one familiar face to the City Council, pick a whole new School Committee.

East Providence voters returned only one familiar face to the City Council in Tuesday's election with a 58  percent turnout described as "huge" by Thomas Riley, chairman of the Board of Canvassers

Assistant Mayor Thomas Rose Jr. defeated his challenger, Candace Seel, to win re-election to the Ward 3 seat.

In Ward 2, though, Mayor Bruce Rogers lost to his challenger, Helder Cunha, by 315 votes with more than a thousand absentee ballots to be tabulated.

New members on the City Council in addition to Cunha will be James Briden, a former city solicitor, who defeated a former state legislator, Edward Lynch by 375 votes to take the Ward 1 seat; Tracy Anny Capobianco, who rolled over Steven Santos for the at-large seat, and Christine Rossi in Ward 4 who ran unopposed.

The School Committee will have all new members, including Elizabeth Clupny from Ward 1, who defeated Betty DeCrescenzo; Anthony Ferreira in Ward 2, who beat incumbent Stephen Furtado; Richard Pimentel in Ward 3 who ran unopposed; Timothy Conley in Ward 4 who ran unopposed, and Joel Monteiro in the At-Large seat, who rolled over Ronald Warr Jr.

In three contested legislative races, Katherine Kazarian easily defeated David Sullivan in District 63, Gregg Amore rolled over Joseph Botelho in District 65 and Joy Hearn was returned to office in District 66.

Voters also approved all four East Providence ballot questions, including the one that will double the two-year terms of office for City Council and School Committee members. Here are the official results, released just before midnight because of a long delay in getting the Ward 2 results from Hennessey School.

East Providence Election Results

City Council

Candidates Votes Percent Ward 1 James Briden 2,327   54 Edward Lynch 1,952   45 Ward 2 Helder Cunha 1,726   55 Bruce Rogers 1,411   45 Ward 3 Thomas Rose 1,945   56 Candace Seel 1,491   43 Ward 4 Christine Rossi 3,403   95 At Large Tracy Ann Capobianco 8,996   63 Steven Santos 5,157   36

School Committee

Candidates Votes Percent Ward 1   Elizabeth Clupny 2,043   53 Betty DeCrescenzo 1,787   46 Ward 2 Anthony Ferreira 1,682   60 Stephen Furtado 1,084   40 Ward 3 Richard Pimentel 2,629   98 Ward 4 Timothy Conley 3,688   98
At Large Joel Monteiro 10,168   73 Ronald Warr Jr. 3,685   27

Senate District 14

Candidate Votes Percent Daniel DaPonte 7,825  98

Senate District 18

Candidate Votes Percent William Conley Jr. 5,449   98

Senate District 32

Candidate Votes Percent David Bates 1,174   96

House District 63

Candidate Votes Percent Katherine Kazarian 4,002   70 David Sullivan 1,734   30

House District 64

Candidate Votes Percent Helio Melo 3,619   98

House District 65

Candidate Votes Percent Gregg Amore 3,635   67 Joseph Botelho 1,746   33

House District 66

Candidate Votes Percent Joy Hearn 993   45 Manfred Diel Jr. 656   30 Eugene Saveory 535   25

Ballot Questions

Approve Reject Question 8 11,686 5,120 Question 9 11,191 5,350 Question 10 9,727 5,306 Question 11 8,882 7,263

Voter turnout was brisk throughout the day, starting right away when the polls opened.

"It's been insane since 7 am," said a poll worker at Kent Heights School who seemed quite astounded by the turnout.

There was often a 2-hour wait to vote at Kent Heights, where lines wound out the door and the small gymnasium was packed with voters most of the day.

It was steady from 7 am on at Hennessey School, as well, said a poll worker there. Voters at Hennessey had about a 1 to 1 1/2-hour wait depending on your last name.

It wasn't quite as busy at Martin Middle School, although more than 1,000 ballots were cast there by around noon and every voting booth was taken.

The Riverside Branch Library had at least a 30-minute wait with voters crowding one room.

Then there was St. Martha's Church, where no one was in line to vote just before the lunch hour and only 58 voters had cast ballots all day. Poll workers looked positively perplexed by the lack of voters there.

The polls opened at 7 am. They closed at 8 pm -- an hour earlier than in past elections.

Before everyone retired for the evening, East Providence voters also joined the rest of Rhode Island's District 1 in electing a Congressman, the rest of the state in electing a U.S. Senator and, of course, the rest of the country in electing a President of the United States.

There were seven state ballot questions on the ballot as well, including whether Twin River and Newport Grand should be turned into full-fledge casinos. East Providence approved those questions by wide margins.

Voters had to bring an ID with them to their polling places -- another new change in Rhode Island this year.

Four years ago, for the last Presidential election, the turnout in East Providence was almost 73 percent of registered voters. Two years ago, when Rhode Island elected a governor, the turnout was almost 50 percent.

Because the polls closed an hour earlier than in the past, one prospective voter could not vote because she showed up between 8 and 9 pm.  Anyone in line when the polls closed at 8 pm and the doors were locked was allowed to vote.

East Providence has approximately 32,000 registered voters -- about half of them unaffiliated with a party.

Elena November 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM
You are correct she should not have gone any where with any one. However, that is not an example of how she does or does not do her job. As far as rocket science answering simple questions, have you asked any questions in city hall lately? No one is even at their desk to answer a question, they don't return calls and when you do get the person they don't have the answer! This city is all done. Coogan was in city hall the day after the election already trying to be the goon that he is. This city needs a leader and the one that is there is useless!
Rags 1 November 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Sounds like a lot of people were disapointed in the results. Name calling, conspiracy theories, insults etc. etc. and not word about the real issues. School budget exceeds the city operating budget, infrastructure is falling apart at the school level, streets are in constant need of repair, real development of the waterfront has to be attended to and embraced, and state mandates without funding streams have to stop and much lobbying has to be done by the city leaders to stop them, especially that of special needs criteria at the school level. All the rest is show-biz and bruised egoes.
Govstench November 11, 2012 at 05:21 PM
While everyone is commenting on how the General Assembly races ended up with even more Demorats in charge, you only have to look at the process. Why are public schools closed on election day and teachers turn into poll hustlers for candidates? They are working "their own" in and is to the disadvantage to the private sector workers. I don't believe the security excuse for one minute. This law should be repealed and schools remain open. Now you will see the effects of the "fiscal cliff" and Obamacare on January 1st and it will be painful. Who do you blame then? The voters have to look at themselves and did they vote to improve government or protect the entitlement check.
Diane November 12, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Elena and B1, I have to agree with you both. We the taxpayer have paid for a new phone system for the city it's been sitting there in the buildings, phones on desk, but guess what, for months now it has not been operational. Must be still working on it, that is probably why no one answers the phone. Rose has been a fixture in Kim Casci's office since day one, and that is not about to change anytime soon. In the past Coogan has been in city hall, down the hall in what was the mayor's office many times, a place he does not belong. But Rose, Rogers and Casci all let him be there. They even let Coogan roam the building during city council meetings, having full access to the building, yet they did not want residents roaming the building during court night. Casci knows to much about the corruption that has been going on, yet she looks the other way. We need an honest city clerk with integrity who will do the right thing, someone who actually cares about the residents and the city.
Diane November 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Rags, maybe you can sit down the the city manager and explain to him why he should not be asking the state for an advance, he thinks that they state came through with emergency money last time, which I believe was a one time deal, why not do it again?? The theories are real, believe it or not, it is not a conspiracy to get rid of someone. You have been blogging long enough to know that there are people out there that know and speak the truth.

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