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Primary 2014: State Posts, Mayor and Council Seats Up for Grabs

Primary votes for governor, lieutenant governor, mayor, and city council are Sept. 9. CREDIT: League of Women Voters
Primary votes for governor, lieutenant governor, state representative, mayor, and city council are Sept. 9. CREDIT: League of Women Voters

Warwick, RI — Voters in Warwick will face a full ballot of choices on Sept. 9, with the primary vote determining who survives to run in the Nov. 4 general election for the state’s two top jobs, a state representative post, and the mayor’s office in Warwick, and settling two of three wards’ city council seats.

Click here to find your voting location in Warwick. [RI Board of Elections]

Locally, 14-year incumbent Mayor Scott Avedesian faces his first Republican primary opponent in four years in first-time candidate Stacia Petri, while city council Wards 2 and 7 have Democratic primaries and Ward 3 sees a Republican run-off vote among three candidates.

Incumbent Democratic City Councilor Thomas Chadronet faces challenger Michael Zarum for the Ward 2 spot, while Republicans John Falkowski, Michael Izzo, and Henry Williams Jr. compete for the right to face incumbent Democrat Camille Vella-Wilkinson in November.

In Ward 7, incumbent Charles Donovan and Kathleen Usler square off in a vote that will determine the winner of the seat.

Statewide, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, and candidates Clay Pell and Todd Giroux complete the Democratic primary ticket for governor, while Republicans will pick between Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and former Moderate Party leader Ken Block.

Warwick State Rep. Frank Ferri is seeking the Democratic nod for lieutenant governor against Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee.

Since Ferri is not running for his District 22 seat, Democrats Joseph Solomon Jr. and Jennifer Siciliano are vying for the post, with the winner facing Republican Ralph Leone in November.

Schools in Warwick are closed Tuesday to accommodate the vote.

Also this year, the Rhode Island Voter ID law is in full effect, with voters required to show proof of identity at the polls.

Polls are scheduled to open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., with results available after each polling location’s computer files are delivered to the local board of canvassers. will be covering the primary vote during the day, and posting results as they become available Tuesday night.

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