WOONSOCKET â€“ State Sen. Roger A. Picard, of 764 Mendon Road, will run for re-election without an opponent and state representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Jon D. Brien both face primary elections for their seats as a result of the close of the General Assembly candidate nomination process on Friday.
Of the 12 local candidates taking out papers for election to the General Assembly on Nov. 6, John J. McLaughlin Jr., of 632 South Main St., a retired city teacher, was the only one not returning signed nomination papers by the 4 p.m. filing deadline at the Board of Canvassers on Friday. McLaughlin, an Independent, had taken out papers for the district representative seat held by Rep. Jon D. Brien of 521 South Main St. Brien, a Democrat, filed his papers for the seat as did Stephen M. Casey, of 625 Park Ave., a city firefighter, also filing as a Democrat.
McLaughlin did not file any of the required 50 certified signatures to qualify for the election ballot, according to Estelle D. Corriveau, canvassers manager.
In the contest for the city's District 49 representative seat, Democrat Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, of 304 Prospect St., filed her papers as did three other candidates. Dr. Stuart Gitlow, of 641 Harris Ave., and Michael A. Morin, of 180 Allen St., president of the International Association of Firefighters union, filed as Democrats and will face Baldelli-Hunt in a primary. Michael Moniz, of 429 East School St. and a frequent city candidate, filed nomination papers for the seat as an Independent and will face the primary winner in the November election.
In filings for representative District 51, incumbent Democrat Robert D. Phillips, of 325 Dunlap St., will face Republican School Committeeman Christopher M. Roberts, of 157 Tara Lane for that seat after both filed papers with the canvassers. Roberts turned in his papers on Friday and certification of the nomination was pending Board of Canvassers review.
Picard, a Democrat, filed all the required papers for his Senate District 20 seat to run unopposed in November.
And incumbent Senator Marc A. Cote, of 144 Woodland Road, filed papers as a Democrat for his seat and will face Lewis J. Pryeor, of 231 Second Ave., who filed papers to run against Cote as an Independent in November.
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