East Providence Primary Results

Daniel DaPonte narrowly defeated Roberto DaSilva in the Rhode Island Senate District 14 race.

Results for the primaries are already up on the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website.

  • For U.S. Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse ran unopposed in the Democrat primary. He received 4907 votes in East Providence.
  • For U.S. Representative in District 1, David Cicilline received 63.1 percent of the vote vs. Anthony Gemma (28.3 percent) and Christopher Young (8.6 percent).

East Providence Races

  • For Rhode Island Senate District 14, Daniel DaPonte received 2050 votes (50.9 percent of the vote). Roberto DaSilva received 1980 (49.1 percent of the vote).
  • For Rhode Island Senate District 18, William Conley Jr. ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He received 1564 votes in East Providence.
  • For Rhode Island House District 63, Katherine S. Kazarian, defeated her three opponents in the Democratic primary with 829 votes (36.7 percent of the vote). Robert Britto received 649 votes (28.7 percent of the vote). Charles Tsonos received 516 votes (22.9 percent of the vote). Samuel Lovett won 264 votes (11.7 percent of the vote).
  • For Rhode Island House District 64, Helio Melo ran unopposed in the Democrat primary. He received 1226 votes.
  • For Rhode Island House District 65, Gregg Amore defeated his two opponents with 845 votes (40.5 percent of the vote). Timothy Chapman received 784 votes (37.6 percent of the vote). James Miller received 456 votes (21.9 percent of the vote).
  • For Rhode Island House District 66, Barrington resident Joy Hearn ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. She received 322 votes in East Providence.

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Click here for the Ward 2 and Ward 3 election results.

JC September 12, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Joy Hearn is a woman last I checked. What about Ward 3? What about the Ward Committees?
BC September 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM
What happened to Tommy Rose and Bruce Rogers? Remember the Mayor and Assistant Mayor? I too would like to see the ward committee results.
Kevin Oliver September 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Both of those knuckleheads won....
david sullivan September 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
these results guarantee that taxes remain high or higher here in EP.
Ken Schneider September 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The good news, Pond View Dump is closed. Tough news. There are still a couple of council people that must be defeated if this city will ever come back to life.
SL September 12, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Ken I understand your frustration,however it should be directed at our zoning officer,why is he never at meetings? Stick with your bud Conley and ihis legal ideas and this issue will go on another 15 years. As far as the council people you may be referring to they work for and respond to their constitutes.
Bruce Zarembka September 12, 2012 at 01:38 PM
There is plenty of time to drive forward with the two preferred candidates in Ward 2 and Ward 3...let's remember the primary generally (as can be seen in the number of votes cast) has a low turnout.) There aren two solid candidates running in these tow wards (Candy Seel and Helda Cunha) with plently of time to educate the voters that the primary winners accomplished NOTHING on the city council and all of their short falls. The push now becomes November!! Honesty and integrity will prevail...if it doesn't...the voters in the two wards will continue to assist in the downward spiral of this city.
S September 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Mr Amore says “I thought it would be really close, especially considering the support my opponent received from the DaPonte camp and with (presumptive Senate District 18 winner) Billy Conley working for him. And I’m surprised with how many votes Jim Miller got in Kent Heights,” said Mr. Amore, who now faces Moderate candidate Joe Botelho in November’s General Election. Did Mr. Amore forget that he had the backing and support all day from the NEA the NEARI the RIRSC (and the thousands of PAC monies spent on and for him) along with the phone banks they set up and the thousands of phone calls by VAL LAWSON the president of the teachers union? Mr. Amore was elected by students and the unions. Neither of which know any better! The pickings were slim in that race however the wrong person did win. You traded one union hack for another in that Rep Seat.
SL September 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Bruce preferred candidates to who you? Worry about your ward and no choice. We in wards 2 and 3 are happy with the results and look forward to November!
Paul September 12, 2012 at 05:25 PM
The close call with Mr. DaSilva should serve as a reminder that the big union machines can get the vote out, and that taxpayers need to be more forceful than ever in protecting the progress that has been made with pension reform. Congratulations to Mr. DaPonte who had the courage to place the interests of common Rhode Islanders above those of big labor. Keep up the good work! The other good news is that Mr. Tsonos was defeated, and that Mr. Amore probably would have been defeated had his opposition vote not been split among two opponents. Joe Botelho will be Mr. Amore's opponent in the general election. He does not answer to NEARI. Let's remember in November.
Abigail Crocker (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Hi everyone - Here are the Ward 2 and Ward 3 results. Looks like Rogers, Cunha, Rose and Seel will run for city council in the November election. http://patch.com/A-xHps
Bruce Zarembka September 12, 2012 at 09:06 PM
SL...as you're afraid to use your real name (so I don't put much credence in your thoughts)...and seeing you refer to "We in wards 2 and 3"...what did you do vote in both? I believe we all have preferred candidates. That is why we have elections. What I am looking for is the general betterment of this city...your two preferred candidates have done nothing except bring the city down to a lower level than what it was when they came in to office. As I have siad many times...thankfully we have the budget commission in place to keep the bad element ( and it is well know what rogers crimes have been, as well as the rose family thumbing their noses at the city when it comes to paying for city services...so if that's the type of candiaite you prefer...it's your right...but it also speaks to your character...
S September 13, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Well Jim he did have a very well organized campaign however he did not run it, it was run by the very special interests groups (as listed above). I am not sterotyping anyone, simply stated Mr Amore did more campaigning in his classroom to his students then he did teaching but then again he did the same a few years back during the stressful lack of negotiations lVal Lawson refused to negotiate and the unions PAC pulled full page negative adds) with the previous school committee. As far as the unions I speak of, its self interests to reverse pension reform. He had a very well special interest funded campaign as well.
B C September 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Giving Mr. Amore a leg up in this contract to have the day out of school also helps the union cause. And of course that is in the "contract". There should be school on election day, like when we were kids. This gives someone like him a whole army of students and coworks the day off to work for him and vote for him. In the real world people are busy working or have to take a day out of work and so many people don't go vote because they are tired from work or have other obligations on their way home and don't have time to stop and vote. I sure when calls were made to get out and vote you heard all of those excuses. That is the reality for everyone BUT teachers. The argument will be it is not safe for the children....please. It is safe to have polls in buildings with the elderly but not our children? That is almost sick. But we do not need them in schools anyway. We have Libraries, City Hall, Legion Hall, Knights Halls, etc. Until recently we even had polls at the Union Hall! We had Marin Middle School as a poll and the next building over, the Union Hall. That was not a joke! We have made progress stop some nonsense and it is no longer held there. Obviously more progress is needed to level the playing field. Keep schools open on election day!
B C September 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
If I was golfing all day I too could leave the country club and find time to vote. Most East Providence people are unable to have the day off and work a full day at work and then go home and cook dinner and help children with home work and other daily activities. I am sure you know all of your best friends poll workers. You actually are going to tell us you counted the students and teacher that were there all day. Come on! Do you think that having the day off for the schools hurt Mr. Amore? We are not as stupid as you think.
Just the Facts September 14, 2012 at 01:05 AM
So tell us how the Teamsters Union is affiliated w the City of East Providence?......If you say there isn't enough time to vote or have other obligations, how is it people like yourself have the time to rant/rave about things you know nothing about? Like somebody else has said, "put up or shut up!" If you don't like the pool of canidates, run for office!
Ricky Tiburcio September 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Just for the sake of sanity, lets NOT elect the same officials and expect diferent results.
Bruce Zarembka September 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Ricky, Couldn't be stated any better!!! Voters please do your homework...this city is the laughing stock of the state. Do we want more of the same or do we really want change.
Billy McEnery September 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I love when people who are running to be a politician criticize others for being a politician.
Billy McEnery September 14, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Yes, keep school open on election day. It was unbelievable when I saw the indoctrinated youth of East Providence, wearing their Che Guevara t shirts, marching up and down Pawtucket Ave demanding that Gregg Amore be installed as Dictator for life of East Providence District 65. I asked them what they were doing and all they started doing was start yelling at me "Mao this and Mao that." I saw them go into the CVS and they were yelling how this business belongs to the people now and they started handing out free Irish Springs bars. They went to the Senior Center and rounded up the elderly and put them on a bus. I have no idea where they took them. It was horrible and I was scared for my life, I tell you.
EFT September 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Was going to vote for Amore unitl i rcvd a flyer on his behalf from the "working families coalition" I would love to know why the NEA-RI can hide behind that coalition. Also, I am in Ward 3 and hope that voters see what they are doing to our city if they vote for do nothing Rose. I liked his grandfather and uncle, him not so much. I refuse to vote for him just because I liked his grandfather but I hate to say it, think many voters did. And, not happy with the Ward 3 SC person running unopposed-just another Faria cronie. Of course we all know Tellier's not running becasue he's placing his daughter in provate school. Not what he sd 2 yrs ago when he ran! Faker!!!
Joan September 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Like we need another NEA person at the state house. A vote for Amore is a vote continued Union agenda and never ending contracts...binding contracts! Just say no.
b1 September 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM
SL, Don't speak for me in ward 2. I am not at all happy that an empty suit won this primary in ward 3. Rose has done NOTHING for the people, except show us he can puch his daddy's business higher. He is a loser along with Rogers, Coogan, Kleyla, Lawson and more.
b1 September 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Don't speak for me in ward 3. Rose is nothing but a loser and empty suit (that doesn't fit). He has fone NOTHING for ward 3 except praise his daddy and screw the people more. Anyone who has buddies like Coogan, Rogers, Kleyla, Moura and more can do nothing good for anyone. I hope he eats dust in November.
S September 15, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Interesting there is no Jim Maynard listed in district 65 registered to vote. Hmmmm will the real Jim Maynard please stand up. Public record
david sullivan September 15, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I wasnt criticizing Daponte for being a politician. i was criticizing him for having made a career out of it. He's been up at the statehouse for 14 years and presided over our decline, especially these last couple of years as senate finance chair. Our fiscal numbers are generally the worst in the country. Fact. My other point is you are known by the company you keep and going door to door is an endorsement of your walking partner. I'll be going door to door with Steve Santos for city council and I'm endorsing him by doing so.
david sullivan September 15, 2012 at 02:56 PM
If you read my flyer the first bill i would support is term limits. This obviously prevents people from making a lifelong career out of state politics. I think 3 two year terms is quite enough personally. Politics should be about solutions not a popularity contest.
Tom September 15, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Jimmy Maynard lives in Rumford and thinks he is the only one who can voice his opinion and also thinks he is the smartest guy in town. If you disagree with him you need to "keep silent and to yourself".
J G September 15, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Tom I am certainly not the smartest guy in town at all. An no I don't mind people expressing there opinion. In fact I think it's great. Debate is always fun. It is when you can't just debate a topic and have to make it personal that takes the fun away. I guess I wouldn't take it so bad if the people doing it had the courage to put thier actual name along with the comment.


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