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GOP Sweeps Council; Mark, Gifford, Smith Win School Committee; Giarrusso Leads Dist. 30

Ballot question on merging Fire District with Town approved.


Voters in East Greenwich returned all incumbents to office, with the five Republican Town Council members and School Committee Chair Deidre Gifford winning re-election. Newcomers Carolyn Mark and Clark Smith also won seats on the School Committee.

Republican Anthony Giarrusso was leading the R.I. House Dist. 30 race by 36 votes over Democrat Mark Schwager, with more than 500 mail ballots and the portion of West Greenwich that belongs to Dist. 30 still uncounted. Giarrusso got 2,798 votes in East Greenwich and Schwager got 2,762. Kevin McDonough, an independent, got 755 votes.

Ballot Question 8, a nonbinding referendum asking if the EG Fire District should be merged with the Town of EG, was approved 3,994 to 2,120.

For Town Council, Council President Michael Isaacs was top vote-getter for the fifth consecutive election, with 4,206. Jeff Cianciolo got 3,890, Mike Kiernan got 3,875, Mark Gee got 3,858, and Brad Bishop got 3,526. Moderate Jean Ann Guliano got 3,161 votes. 

On School Committee, Mark was the high vote-getter, with 3,229 votes. Gifford got 3,219 and Smith got 3,109.

Bill Pett November 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thanks, Liz. As I thought, the initiative was already there from the fire district.
Bill Pett November 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Let me see--all male, all Republican, probably all the same SES--well, there is now a different hairstyle.
EGRealEstateM November 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Give me a break McNamara...what we REALLY NEED is diversity at the RI State House!!!! Wake up! Typical democrat!
Neal McNamara November 08, 2012 at 04:58 PM
wow EG. Nice way to change the subject. By the way, I agree with you on the State House, and I am willing to put my name here.
Whatdoyouknow November 09, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Just some points to consider: 1. Maybe they created a separate Fire District to keep the Council out of the Fire business 2. Have the Council focus on the Town's issues before they worry about a well run, proven in its annual audit, Fire District 3. The Town is REALLY just looking at the savings the Fire District has so they can use it to pay off the HUGE debt the Council has put the Town in: 2 New Schools, Police Station and renovations to Swift Gym. 4. In referance to a Councilman's statement: "smaller government doesn't guarantee anything, especially better or even efficient governement" and I know that "absolute power corrupts absolutely". Maybe he has been missing what the Statehouse has been doing the last decade. I have great faith in the Fire District and would not want my public safety net watched by this Council.

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