Warwick, RI — With the vote counts stacked up against her on Sept. 9, first-time Republican mayoral candidate Stacia Petri said she intends to stay active in local politics and continue challenging what she has termed the “mismanagement” of the city under victorious Mayor Scott Avedisian.
“I’m not going to give up,” Petri said in an interview after the primary results were finalized on Tuesday night.
In securing his eighth full term, Avedisian collected 65 percent of the vote to Petri’s 35 percent, based on a 3,108 to 1,627 result in the incumbent’s favor.
[Avedisian won election in 2000 to serve half of then-Mayor Lincoln Chafee’s term when Chafee was appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat held by his father, the late John Chafee, following the senior Chafee’s death in 1999. He then won seven more full terms prior to Tuesday’s victory.]
As about 20 campaign volunteers learned the numbers inside Lemongrass Restaurant on Post Road, it quickly became clear that Petri hadn’t mustered the support to knock Avedisian out of the Republican primary.
But after a campaign that only started in June, without the local GOP’s endorsement and leading her to postpone her honeymoon until after the vote, Petri sounded upbeat about the result, where she took one of every three votes cast.
“I’m still going to be a voice of the public, I’m still going to be very proactive in local government, and we’re just not going to stop,” Petri said.
See more of Petri’s reaction to the primary result in the accompanying video.