[updated at 9:30 a.m. The official count will be available around 2 p.m. this afternoon, according to officials.]
After Tuesday's election, Middletown Town Council might have several new members. The results do not include 700 absentee ballots that remain to be counted.
Three incumbents did not receive enough votes for re-election, including current Council President Arthur Weber. Councilors Edward Silveria and Antone Viveiros also did not receive enough votes at the polls. Councilor Richard Cambra did not seek re-election.
Challenger Paul Rodrigues was the top vote-getter for Middletown Council, pulling in 3262 total votes.
"I am very proud," said his 88 year-old mother, Georginna Rodrigues with a wide smile during the democratic election party at Easton's Point Pub.
Subject to the absentee ballots, the following candidates make up the top seven vote getters for the Middletown Town Council.
- Paul Rodrigues 3262
- Bruce Long 3158 (incumbent)
- Christopher Semonelli 3022 (incumbent)
- Theresa Santos 2983
- Richard Adams 2885
- Barbara Vonvillas 2864 (incumbent)
- Robert J. Sylvia 2761
Linda Finn vs. Daniel Reilly (RI State House of Representatives Race)
The race for the seat in the State House of Representatives between incumbent Daniel Reilly and challenger Linda Finn remains very close.
"It's been a great race, very civil race" said House Candidate Linda Finn, who is leading incumbent Reilly by around 87 votes. There are approximately 1700 absentee ballots in Middletown and Portsmouth that might be outstanding.
Other Election Related Info
State Senator Louis DiPalma, who ran unopposed, said the long lines at the polling stations were a serious issue that need to be addressed once the legislative session begins in January. Some residents reported they had to wait over two hours to vote.
The proposals to renovate the Middletown Fire Station - question 8 - passed with 68 percent approval. The proposed changes to the town charter also passed. The numbers for each question are available on the board of elections web site.
Poll numbers (does not include absentee ballots)
Representative in General Assembly - District 72
Votes (includes Portsmouth & Middletown
Daniel Reilly (REP)
Linda Finn (DEM)
Representative in General Assembly - District 73candidate votes Marvin L. ABNEY (DEM) 806 Write-in 10
Representative in General Assembly - District 74Candidate votes Deborah L. RUGGIERO (DEM) 1796 Anthony A. MASTROSTEFANO (REP) 82
Party Votes Bruce Long
Edward Silveira Jr. Democratic 2761
Arthur Weber Jr.
ChallengersCandidate Party Votes Richard Adams
Richard Francis Jr. Democratic 2662
Olin "Butch" Gambrell
Paul M. Rodrigues Democratic 3262
M. Theresa Santos Republican 2983
Robert J. Sylvia Democratic 2842
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