Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.
Woonsocket voters interviewed outside a polling place expressed deep dissatisfaction with the direction the city has taken under the leadership of Mayor Leo Fontaine. Voters’ number one gripe is taxes. Most homeowners have seen double digit property tax increases plus hefty increases in their automobile excise taxes. Joe Almeida said something’s got to give. “Taxes. This city – I just can’t describe it. I mean a 24% tax increase,” Almeida said. “It’s just not possible and it can’t continue. So I’m voting for change.”
Katherine Hien also voted for change. “We need to have a new regime. You know we need a lot of changes,” said Hien. “Because the city is falling apart. You know it’s not anything like when we were young and nothing’s being done for the city.”
Challenger Lisa Baldelli-Hunt out polled incumbent Mayor Leo Fontaine by a margin of three to one in the October primary.
Voters are also casting ballots in Central Falls, but there’s only one contested city council race on the ballot. Mayor James Diossa is running unopposed.
Polls are open until 8 p.m., and voters are being reminded that the must bring a current and valid ID to comply with the state’s new voter ID law.
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