After a long day of voting, the polls are closed and the results have been counted!
Challenger Paul Rodrigues was the top vote-getter for Middletown Council, pulling in 3262 total votes.
"I am very proud," said his 88 year-old mother, Georginna Rodrigues with a wide smile.
Council president Arthur Weber as well as incumbents Ed Silveria and Antone Viveiros and did not receive enough votes for re-election.
According to the counts at the polls, the following candidates will make up the new council. There are approximately 700 absentee ballots in Middletown that are not included in the final numbers.
- Richard Adams
- Theresa Santos
- Christopher Semonelli (incumbent)
- Robert J. Sylvia
- Bruce Long (incumbent)
- Paul M. Rodrigues
- Barbara Vonvillas (incumbent)
The race for the seat in the State House of Representatives between incumbent Daniel Reilly and challenger Linda Finn remains very close.
"It's been a great race, very civil race" said House Candidate Linda Finn, who is leading incumbent Reilly by around 86 votes. There are approximately 1700 absentee ballots in Middletown and Portsmouth that remain to be counted.
She said she has met a lot of people on the campaign trail. She said she checked with two polling stations; she won one and lost the other.
State Senator Louis DiPalma said the long lines were a serious issue that need to be addressed once the legislative session begins in January. Some residents reported they had to wait over two hours to vote.
The proposals to renovate the Middletown Fire Station - question 8 - passed with 68 percent approval, said Fire Chief Ronald Doire.
Poll numbers (do not include absentee ballots)
House of RepresentativesCandidate Party Votes Daniel Reilly Republican 3206
Linda Finn Democratic 3293
Party Votes Bruce Long
Edward Silveira Jr. Democratic 2761
Arthur Weber Jr.
ChallengersCandidate Party Votes Richard Adams
Richard Francis Jr. Democratic 2662
Olin "Butch" Gambrell
Paul M. Rodrigues Democratic 3262
M. Theresa Santos Republican 2983
Robert J. Sylvia Democratic 2842
School CommitteWilliam O'Connell