District Two Town Council Special Election Updates
The voting officially kicked off at 7 a.m. and will continue until 9 p.m.
Today is the day that District Two residents have been waiting for since New Year's Eve when the Town Council seat was vacated by Laura Flanagan. Despite the rain and blustery conditions outside today, be sure to get out and cast your vote today!
Coventry Patch will be keeping you informed throughout the day with results from the polls and commentary from the candidates and voters.
Voter turnout was slow at all four polling locations this morning with each location counting around 30 votes around 10:30 a.m. Inside each location volunteers and poll workers discussed how the poor weather conditions and workplace hours may be affecting turnout. An influx of voters is expected after 5 p.m. this evening when many people leave work. The polls will still be open for another four hours giving District Two residents plenty of time to cast their ballots.
Democrat candidate Scott Crowe and friend Brad Inman have been displaying signs and balloons around town all morning to attract voters. Crowe explained that if he wins the election tonight his first goal will definitely be to work closely with local businesses and stimulate the town's economy.
"I definitely think that's the next step for where the town needs to go," said Crowe. "We need a new and different outlook for the younger generation to move forward with."
If he does not win the Town Council seat, Crowe says he will still seek ways to be involved in the community.
"Just being given the opportunity to run is huge to me," he said. "I have to start somewhere and if I don't win I will still work hard to change things for the better in Coventry. I'm not walking away, I'm here."
Republican candidate Carl Mattson has also been making the rounds to each polling place this morning and talking to voters.
"I was anxious this morning but by now I've realized that whatever happens happens," he said. "Let the voters decide."
In his travels today Mattson also got the opportunity to meet his opponent for the first time.
"This is a very amicable election between the both of us."
When asked about his next step if he wins the election Mattson explained that he will exam the field and analyze what needs to be done.
"There is a lot to take into consideration," he said. "There is the budget that is being proposed and lots of needs from the school department. There is so much out there and it will be a challenge. But I enjoy a good challenge."
If he does not win the election this evening Mattson, who is involved with many community groups as well as the Pawtuxet Valley Chamber of Commerce said "It will be back to business as usual."
Planning on voting during your lunch break? To find your local polling location, check out our Special Election guide here and check back later for more District Two Election updates.
Voter turnout experienced a brief increase shortly after 5 p.m. as many residents headed to the polls after work. Voting numbers gradually increased throughout the day with 132 at Town Hall, 120 at the Community Center, 93 at Feinstein Middle School and 81 at Westwood Estates around 6:30 p.m.
Volunteers for each candidate continue to brave the chilly evening holding signs in support and poll workers have only another two and a half hours before they can close up the polls and begin calculating results.
Check back after 9 p.m. for the results of this special election.