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Kithes and Jalette move on to general election in Woonsocket City Council special election



Alex Kithes and Roger Jalette Sr were the top vote-getters in yesterday’s primary election for the open seat on the Woonsocket City Council. This means that voters will choose between the two in an August 6 general election.

Two other candidates, Michael Disney and Anita McGuire-Forcier did not get enough votes to continue their campaign.

Kithes earned 951 votes, beating the combined votes of all three of the other candidates. Jalette earned 533 votes, McGuire-Forcier 263 and Disney 27.

“Tuesday was a historic day for Woonsocket,” said Kithis in a statement. “The city desperately wants a new generation of leadership – forward-thinking people who aren’t part of the establishment, who will fight for the working class community and the vibrancy and livability of our future.”

Kithes, 26, has presented a forward looking vision of a renewed Woonsocket. Jalette, 76, has run on his previous experience as a city councilor.

The city council seat was vacated by Julia Brown, who was elected to the position last November. The Valley Breeze reported that “Brown wrote that her career has led to an unexpected opportunity that will relocate her out of Rhode Island, leading to the decision to resign her seat.”

Alex Kithes
Roger Jalette Sr

See: A lively forum for the open City Council seat in Woonsocket

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Steve Ahlquist is Uprise RI's co-founder and lead reporter. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade.