2014-11-06 / Front Page

Election: White in, Mihaly voted out

By Tim Riel


From left, election winners included incumbent Town Moderator John Murphy, Town Council challenger Mike White and B.J. Whitehouse, who was re-elected to the school board. 
Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten From left, election winners included incumbent Town Moderator John Murphy, Town Council challenger Mike White and B.J. Whitehouse, who was re-elected to the school board. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Jamestown voters on Tuesday re-elected four incumbents to the Town Council, as well as Democratic challenger Mike White. Gene Mihaly lost his bid for reelection.

For the second straight election, local lawyer Kristine Trocki received the lion’s share of the support. Trocki, a Democrat who is the current council president, garnered 1,786 votes. The second highest vote getter was Republican Blake Dickinson with 1,642 votes, followed by Democrats Mary Meagher (1,567), White (1,534) and Tom Tighe (1,441).

Losing their bids for council were incumbent Democrat Gene Mihaly, who finished with 1,378 votes, and independent Ellen Winsor, who finished last with 1,353 votes.

Also on the ballot were three candidates vying for two open seats on the local school board. Democrats B.J. Whitehouse and Sarah Baines won their re-election bids over independent Melissa Mastrostefano in a close threeway race. Each candidate received between 30 and 35 percent of the vote. Whitehouse led the way with 1,483 votes, followed by Baines (1,386) and Mastrostefano (1,263).

Town moderator was also up for election, and incumbent John A. Murphy ran unopposed and won.

Tuesday’s ballots had seven statewide questions, and aside from Question 1, which called for expanding gambling at Newport Grand, local voters followed suit with the rest of the state.

Although Question 1 was approved statewide with 57 percent of the vote, the referendum was shot down by Newport voters. The question had to pass both a statewide and city vote to be approved.

Question 3 asked voters if they supported a constitution convention, and 55 percent of Rhode Island rejected the referendum. Questions 4 through 7 were all bond initiatives, and all four were passed by Jamestown and Rhode Island voters with at least 60 percent of the vote. The approved questions give the state the goahead to borrow $125 million to improve the University of Rhode Island’s College the Engineering, $35 million for the arts community, $35 million to improve transportation infrastructure, and $53 million for clean water and other environmental projects.

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