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SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Incumbent Democrat Spencer Dickinson narrowly defeated Democrat Kathleen Fogarty in the primary election for state representative in District 35 Tuesday.
Dickinson received 270 votes, or 52.6 percent of the vote, and Fogarty received 243 votes, or 47.4 percent.
“I’m very happy with the outcome,” Dickinson said Wednesday. “I certainly could not have predicted what was going to happen.”
Dickinson credited his victory to the help of many different people.
“I hope I can live up to the new responsibilities I’m facing,” he added.
Dickinson will run against Republican James Haldeman in the general election this November.
Haldeman ran unopposed in the primary.
“Haldeman is a serious candidate,” Dickinson said. “I look forward to maybe having a cup of coffee with him and then entering into a serious race.”
If he is re-elected, Dickinson said he will work to improve the way the Rhode Island legislature does business.
“It’s a serious problem and it needs the attention of all of us,” Dickinson said. “If I’m elected certainly that will be one of my priorities.”
Haldeman and Fogarty did not return calls for comment.
A Democratic primary was also held for Democratic candidates vying for a seat on the South Kingstown School Committee. Voters were asked to select four candidates from a list of five; however, the ballot was not updated to remove Francesca Elena Shiels, who withdrew her candidacy late last week.
Despite the fact that she previously withdrew, Shiels received 577 votes, or 15.1 percent. The other four candidates received about 800 votes each.
Those candidates were: Elizabeth Morris with 840 votes or 21.9 percent; Michelle Brousseau-Cavallaro with 835 votes or 21.8 percent; Stephen “Scott” Mueller with 811 votes or 21.2 percent; and Keith Vorhaben with 769 votes or 20.1 percent.
Morris, Mueller and Vorhaben currently serve on the school committee. Along with Brousseau-Cavallaro they will face Republican candidate Roland Benjamin and Independent candidate Jonathan Daly-LaBelle in the November election.