Joel Hellmann, a longtime resident and current member of the Bristol County Water Authority, filed papers to run for the District 66 seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, challenging incumbent Joy Hearn. Mr. Hellmann will run as an Independent while Ms. Hearn is a Democrat.In the race for the District 67 seat in the House, longtime Representative Jan Malik will run unopposed. The District 67 seat includes constituents in Warren and part of Barrington.
22-year veteran State Senator David Bates announced recently that he will not run for re-election. The Republican legislator said he plans to spend more time traveling with his wife once he steps down from his position in the general assembly.
Republican Gio Cicione and Democrat Cindy Coyne will battle for Sen. Bates’ vacant seat. Mr. Cicione, the former head of the state’s Republican party, is an attorney in town and owns Brickyard Wine and Spirits. Ms. Coyne, who retired from the Rhode Island State Police with the rank of lieutenant after 20 years of service, is a member of the Barrington Town Council. She is currently an administrative supervisor within the Department of Campus Safety and Security at Johnson & Wales University.
Two Republicans and two Democrats will run for the two open seats on the Barrington Town Council. Steve Primiano and Don Nessing will run as Republicans while Michael W. Carroll and William Charles Layton III will run as Democrats.The two seats coming vacant belong to Ms. Coyne and Republican Bill DeWitt.
Democrats Kate Brody, the sitting Barrington School Committee chairwoman, will run for re-election. She will be joined by fellow Democrat Mary Alyce Gasbarro.
Republicans Chad Mollica, a member of the town’s committee on appropriations, and John Alessandro will run for the two open school committee seats.
The two school committee seats coming vacant belong to Ms. Brody and Republican Scott Fuller.
Julia Califano, a Democrat, is running unopposed for re-election to the town moderator’s position.