10,151 residents voted in primary

Posted 9/20/22

Unofficial results from the Sept. 13 primary currently show that 10,151 Cranston residents voted in last Tuesday's primary – this is 17 percent of the city’s total eligible voters (a …

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10,151 residents voted in primary


Unofficial results from the Sept. 13 primary currently show that 10,151 Cranston residents voted in last Tuesday's primary – this is 17 percent of the city’s total eligible voters (a calculation which includes inactive voters). According to Registrar/Director of Elections Nick Lima, 993 Cranston residents (10 percent) voted by mail, 1,100 residents (11 percent) voted early and 8,058 residents (79 percent) showed up to one of the city’s 26 polling locations on the rainy Tuesday where candidates waved signs and greeted voters. The city had 250 people helping between poll workers and election day field personnel.

Along with voting for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and the Democratic nominee for the Second Congressional District seat, Cranston residents voted for General Assembly candidates, where incumbents held onto their seats.

The city was originally supposed to have a primary for the non-partisan School Committee Ward 5 seat. Three candidates – Kimberly Lettieri, Arthur Scavitti Sr., and Tera Norberg – vied for the seat however Lettieri resigned after the ballots were printed but before the primary. Although the vote does not count, residents still cast their votes showing Lettieri “won” the race with 524 votes (39.5 percent). Scavitti came in second with 437 votes (32.9 percent) followed by Norberg with 367 (27.6 percent). Scavitti had a 70 vote lead on Norberg, and the two will see who claims the seat come the November election.

In the District 31-Cranston & Warwick race, both the Democrat and Republican parties had primary races. Unofficial results as of Sept. 16 show that endorsed Republican candidate Lisa Morse won the Republican vote, earning 79 percent of the vote (533 votes between Cranston and Warwick) against John Silvaggio who earned 21 percent of the vote (145 votes between Cranston and Warwick).

Unofficial results also show that endorsed Democrat candidate Matthew LaMountain earned 66 percent of the vote (2,559 votes between Cranston and Warwick) in the race against Harrison Tuttle. Tuttle came in with 34 percent of the vote (1,299 votes between Cranston and Warwick residents). For Cranston voters, the race was tight between Tuttle and LaMountain. Tuttle received 93 votes while LaMountain received 94.

Via Twitter, Tuttle said “for those who casted their ballot for change, keep believing, keep fighting. The work doesn’t stop this election – not even close. Together, we must continue to push forward. Thank you everyone who supported me during this race.”


According to unofficial voting results, incumbent State Rep. Edward T. Cardillo Jr., District 42-Johnston & Cranston, will likely hold onto the seat, after earning 41.3 percent of the vote (628 votes).

Cardillo faced fellow Democrats Kelsey Kristine Coletta and Dennis Cardillo Jr.

Coletta came in a close second, winning 35.9 percent of the vote (546 votes).

“While last night wasn’t a victory for our campaign, it’s clear that the majority of voters in District 42 are seeking change and expect real results from their representative — including expanding affordable child care, investing in mental health care, and ensuring our kids have a true ‘right to education’,” Coletta said on Sept. 14. “It was an honor to run and receive so much kind support from my neighbors. Thank you to the hundreds of Johnston and Cranston neighbors I met who opened their doors for me and believed in our vision. And finally, congratulations to Rep. Ed Cardillo. I’ll see him at the State House to make sure real work gets done.”

Rep. Cardillo’s nephew, Dennis Cardillo Jr., garnered 22.8 percent of the tally (346 votes). The two Cardillos have been locked in a battle over residency, which has just been handed back to the Johnston Board of Canvassers.

Rep. Cardillo alleges his nephew does not live in the district, but ran for office using a fake address. Dennis Cardillo Jr. insists he lives in the district and can prove it with copious documentation.

Three times, the Board of Canvassers has denied claims by Rep. Cardillo that his nephew does not live within the district. Last week, the state Board of Elections (BOE) handed the case back to the Board of Canvassers (JBOC) for a full hearing on the complaint. The BOE voted unanimously that the Johnston board erred by not finding Cardillo’s complaint met the lowest threshold of evidence required for a hearing on the matter. There will be a hearing before the Johnston Board of Canvassers at 10 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the Johnston Senior Center.

Rep. Edward Cardillo will now face Republican Harold K. Borders Jr. in the General Election race for the District 42 Representative seat in November.

Additionally, aside from candidates who ran unopposed and received 100 percent of votes in their race, Republican incumbent Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung dominated the District 15 representative race with 92.5 percent of the vote against opponent Suzanne Downing.

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