Lisa Baldelli-Hunt http://ripr.org en New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/new-voter-id-law-gets-its-first-outing-woonsocket <p>Woonsocket voters go to the polls next week to elect a state representative to replace Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, who was recently elected mayor of that city.&nbsp; The election represents the first time that photo identification will be required of voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union is reminding Woonsocket voters to be sure to take along a photo id when they head to the polls Tuesday. Woonsocket is holding a special election to fill the House seat vacated by newly-elected Woonsocket Mayor Lisa-Baldelli Hunt.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:21:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 27710 at http://ripr.org New Voter ID Law Gets Its First Outing In Woonsocket Name Placement To Be Determined For Woonsocket Special Election Ballot http://ripr.org/post/name-placement-be-determined-woonsocket-special-election-ballot <p>The secretary of state’s office will hold a lottery Friday to determine the ballot placement of names for a special primary election in Woonsocket. Four candidates are competing in the January 21<sup>st</sup> primary for the state rep seat formerly held by state Rep Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Baldelli-Hunt resigned her state rep seat after winning election as mayor of Woonsocket last month. The primary election could decide who succeeds Baldelli-Hunt, since the four candidates are all Democrats.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:40:15 +0000 Ian Donnis 26871 at http://ripr.org Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/baldelli-hunt-be-inaugurated-new-mayor-woonsocket <p>The new mayor of Woonsocket, Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, is slated to be inaugurated this evening Tuesday.&nbsp; Baldelli-Hunt is taking on the job after winning four terms as a state representative.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>House Speaker Gordon Fox plans to swear in Baldelli-Hunt during a 7 pm ceremony at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket.&nbsp; Her uncle, Charles Baldelli, a former mayor in the city, will emcee the event.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:39:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 25684 at http://ripr.org Baldelli-Hunt To Be Inaugurated As New Mayor Of Woonsocket 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election http://ripr.org/post/10-noteworthy-things-about-ris-2013-election <p>Who says off-year elections aren't interesting? Some random news and observations:</p><p>1. <strong>Women candidates</strong> came up big in Central Falls, albeit in uncontested races, winning five of seven City Council seats. The extent of this kind of female presence is unusual in RI municipalities, although four of five Barrington town councilors are women.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:46:43 +0000 Ian Donnis 24385 at http://ripr.org 10 Noteworthy Things About RI's 2013 Election Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-residents-vote-change <p>In Woonsocket, voters have chosen a new mayor.</p><p>They voted by a more than 2-1 margin to elect&nbsp; State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, ousting incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Baldelli-Hunt will take the reins of a city that severely raised property taxes to avoid bankruptcy.&nbsp; Like many residents, voter Farid Latash said the city's financial problems are frustrating.</p><p>"Big problem with the taxes.&nbsp; Nobody working.&nbsp; Nobody got no money.&nbsp; They keep raising taxes, raising everything.&nbsp; That's about it," said Latash.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:59:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & John Bender 24378 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-and-central-falls-hold-local-elections <p>Tuesday’s Election Day in Woonsocket and Central Falls where a number of municipal offices are up for grabs.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The most hotly contested race is in Woonsocket where Mayor Leo Fontaine is fending off a challenge from State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.&nbsp; She got three times as many votes as he did in the October 8<sup>th</sup> primary, turning the Mayor into an underdog.&nbsp; The two have debated five times in recent weeks.</p><p>In addition to the mayoral race, Woonsocket voters will choose seven city councilors from 14 candidates.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:17:24 +0000 Flo Jonic 24327 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections Baldelli-Hunt announces mayoral run in Woonsocket http://ripr.org/post/baldelli-hunt-announces-mayoral-run-woonsocket <p>Putting an end to speculation about her next move, state Represenative<a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Baldelli-Hunt/"> Lisa Baldelli-Hunt</a> announced Tuesday that she's a candidate for mayor in Woonsocket.</p><p>Here's part of her statement:</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:55:30 +0000 Ian Donnis 14029 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket Supplemental Tax Bill Returns to Statehouse http://ripr.org/post/woonsocket-supplemental-tax-bill-returns-statehouse <p></p><p>The budget commission that’s running the city of Woonsocket has asked area lawmakers to introduce a bill that would authorize a $2.5 million dollar supplemental tax increase. &nbsp;It’s part of a plan to bail out the financially distressed community.</p><p>The average Woonsocket resident would pay an additional $150 in property taxes and $90 in vehicle taxes under terms of a supplemental tax bill introduced by two state lawmakers. The aim is to raise $2.5 million. It’s part of a larger plan to erase a $17 million deficit over the next five years.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:58:48 +0000 Flo Jonic 13260 at http://ripr.org Woonsocket Supplemental Tax Bill Returns to Statehouse