WOONSOCKET â In a stunning upset, city firefighter Stephen M. Casey defeated incumbent State Rep. Jon D. Brien last night in the Democratic primary for District 50, the winnerâs first political outing.
The unofficial tally at press time had Casey with 704 votes to Brienâs 654. It was close but numerically too far a bridge for Brien to cross on absentee ballots, with just 48 distributed in the district, according to local canvassing authorities.
âIâm not surprised,â Casey told The Call during a victory celebration at Ciroâs Restaurant, where he was surrounded by friends and family members. âWe worked hard. Weâre in a climate that people are looking for new ideas and new people to help out at the State House.â
Across town at Kayâs Restaurant, Brien stared at a placard listing the poll numbers with an expression of grim disbelief.
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