Pawtucket City Councilor Sandra Cano scored a deeisive victory on the Democratic side of a primary Tuesday to fill a vacant state Senate seat, while Republican Nathan Luciano prevailed on the GOP side of the race.
According to unofficial results, Cano received 869 votes, followed by Matthew J. Fecteau with 352, and David Norton with 212 votes.
Luciano got 77 votes, 30 more than GOP rival Richard R. Karsulavitch.
The District 8 seat was vacated when Sen. James Doyle -- who had first been elected in 2004 -- stepped down in January, citing a struggle with alcohol The general election to fill the seat will be held April 3.
Cano is a financial adviser for Navigant Credit Union in Central Falls. She emigrated to Rhode Island from Colombia in 2000 and went on to get a bachelor's degree in business from Bryant University and a master of public administration degree from URI.
Cano was elected with support from labor, the progressive Rhode Island Working Families Party, and the Rhode Island Democratic Party.
“We congratulate Sandra Cano on her decisive win today and wish her continued success in the upcoming General Election," state Democratic Chairman Joseph McNamara said in a statement. "As a member of the city council, she has long proven her commitment to Pawtucket and working families. And while she still has an election ahead of her in a few weeks, we know voters will recognize her perseverance and potential and will elect her so she can continue that proud service to her community and to this state. We wish her much success in the weeks ahead.”