The City has voted in Mayor Scott Avedisian for another term, elected three new Democrats to the City Council, incumbent Karen Bachus and newcomer David Testa to the School Committee, and sent Councilwoman Camille Vella-Wilkinson and newcomer Evan Shanley to the General Assembly. all while backing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.
Camille Vella-Wilkinson hadn’t been planning to run for the General Assembly at the end of her fourth year on the Warwick City Council, but she realized a number of challenges councillors faced could be eased with a strong voice representing Warwick in the State House.
High School students from Bishop Hendricken, Toll Gate and Piligrim High Schools leveled questions at Warwick’s two mayoral candidates Friday night in Council Chambers at City Hall, touching on topics including airport expansion, school consolidation and accountability, quality of life, the economy, taxes and the budget.
School Committeewoman Karen Bachus, 53, of Burt Street, an outspoken member of the board since 2012 who notably joined Warwick City Council efforts to disclose the publicly-paid Ragosta Report to the community, has lived in Warwick for the last 20 years, and hopes to serve another four years with the body.
Dean Johnson, 39, of Essex Road, lifelong Warwick resident and Army vet, ran for School Committee the first time in 2014 to make tough calls on School Consolidation, and hopes for a chance to take a shot at straightening out the re-organization of students and buildings two years later.