Little Compton Republicans tightened their control over the town council Tuesday, increasing their majority from 3-2 to 4-1 in a close race that left a Democratic incumbent narrowly defeated and out of the …
Little Compton Republicans appear to have tightened their control over the town council Tuesday, increasing their majority from 3-2 to 4-1 in a close race that unofficially left a Democratic incumbent narrowly defeated and out of the running.
Incumbent Republican councilors Robert Mushen, the current president, vice president Gary Mataronas and Paul Golembeske were all re-elected, as was Democrat Patrick McHugh.
Barring a recount, incumbent Democrat Andrew Iriarte-Moore appears to be out of the race, losing by two votes to Republican challenger Maureen Rego.
With the state results still unofficial, Moore declined to comment on the race Tuesday evening.
While early voting and mail-in ballots favored the Democratic candidates, in-person votes for the Republicans boosted overall vote totals.
Robert L. Mushen (R): 1,143 votes (12.9 percent)
Gary S. Mataronas (R): 1,111 votes (12.6 percent)
Paul J. Golembeske (R): 1,094 (12.4 percent)
Patrick A. McHugh (D): 1,090 votes (12.3 percent)
Maureen R. Rego (R): 969 votes (11 percent)
Andrew W. Iriarte-Moore (D): 967 (10.9 percent)
Polly G. Allen (I): 849 (9.6 percent)
Mikel A. Folcarelli (I): 847 (9.6 percent)
David A. Beauchemin (R): 744 (8.4 percent)
Write-ins: 27 (.3 percent).