EAST PROVIDENCE — Now that the filing deadline for candidates in the 2014 election cycle has passed, the next date of note on the political calendar is Friday, July 11, when those running must submit the mandatory amount of signatures from residents of their respective voting blocks to be eligible to have their names placed on the ballot.
For local East Providence School Committee, City Council and all State Rep. candidates from wards and districts, they must have 50 signatures. For Committee and Council At-Large seats they must get 200 signatures or 50 each from the four wards in the city. And for State Senate candidates, they must get 100 signatures.
After that, candidates for local offices have until July 14 to remain on the ballot. The date is July 18 for state and federal offices.
Primary Day is Tuesday, Sept. 9. The General Election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Hearn has opponent
From The Post’s sister paper The Barrington Times came late word sitting State Rep. Joy Hearn (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence) will indeed have an opponent in the November General Election.
Joel Hellmann, a longtime Barrington resident and current member of the Bristol County Water Authority, filed papers to run for the seat as an Independent. Previously, the Secretary of State’s election website had not been updated to include Mr. Hellman’s information.
As noted previously here at eastbayri.com, 22-year veteran State Senator David Bates (R-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) announced recently that he will not run for re-election. The veteran 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.
Ward 1 correction
In the open East Providence Ward 1 race, left vacant when incumbent and Council president Jim Briden opted out of the race, former state rep Ed Lynch declared as did Robert Britto and newcomer Robert Silva.
Both Mr. Lynch and Mr. Britto were unsuccessful candidates in 2012. Mr. Lynch lost to Mr. Briden in the Ward 1 Council race while Mr. Britto was runner-up to Katherine Kazarian in the Democratic Primary race for the then reconfigured District 63 House seat.
A correction, in a previous story about the potential Ward 1 race, Mr. Lynch was incorrectly called a former City Councilman, but he has not previously served on the council.