2016-09-08 / Front Page / Election News

Finn, Veri Notch Primary Victories

Tuesday’s General Assembly primaries saw local victories from a former legislator hoping to return to office and a political newcomer who will now work to unseat a four-term incumbent.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Linda Finn enjoyed a commanding win over James Cawley in House District 72’s Democratic primary, according to unofficial tallies from the state Board of Elections. Finn received 706 votes (72.7 percent), besting Cawley’s 272 (27.8 percent).
Finn previously served as District 72’s representative from 2012-2014. She will now face Republican Kenneth Mendonca in November’s general election. Rep. Daniel Reilly, who currently holds the seat, decided not to pursue re-election.
Unofficial results indicated a closer but still decisive contest in Senate District 12, where Amy Veri emerged the victor in the Republican primary. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Veri garnered 283 votes (57.9 percent) to Richard Rom’s 206 (42.1 percent). In November, she will go up against Democratic incumbent Louis DiPalma, who was first elected in 2008.
Meanwhile, at the federal level incumbent David Cicilline sailed to an easy victory in the First Congressional District’s Democratic primary, overwhelming challenger Christopher Young by a two-to-one margin. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, state officials reported Tuesday evening that Cicilline had 22,754 votes (67.6 percent) to Young’s 10,922 (32.4 percent). Cicilline’s November opponent is Republican Russell Taub.

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