HOPKINTON - Independent candidate Frank T. Landolfi was elected to fill the vacant town council seat during a special election on Tuesday, July 26.
Landolfi received 212 of the 381 votes cast. David F. Husband finished second with 95 votes and Edward D. Gaul received 74. There will be a challenge period open until August 2, for Husband and Gaul to challenge the results. Landolfi will be able to be officially sworn in after that period. He is likely to be sworn in at the next council meeting on August 15.
In the meantime, Landolfi will have to submit a resignation from his seat on the planning board.
"It feels good to win," he said enthusiastically the morning after his victory. "I am really looking forward to it."
This will not be the first time Landolfi will sit on the town council, but it is the first time he has been elected to do so. He was appointed to complete the remainder of the term started by former councilman William Felkner and sat in his seat from March - November 2010. He then ran for a seat in the November 2010 election but did not win.
I ran last November and lost by 88 votes," he said. "I think the big difference this time was being more organized and putting more work into the election. I was just learning when I sat on the town council last year, and that definitely gave me more confidence."
When former councilman Jonathan Osborne resigned in April 2011, a special election was needed to fill his seat because of the abbreviated length of his term. This time, Landolfi was able to secure the votes he needed to win.
"I'm excited to get involved and to get into the work," he said," and to make my fair share of motions."
Landolfi moved to Hope Valley 13 years ago. He has been a banker since 1986, after he graduated from URI with a B.A. in political science. Aside from banking and serving on the planning board (now town council) in Hopkinton, he coaches a Chariho Little League baseball team, is the treasurer of the Matunick Beach Homeowners Association, and sits on the finance council for St. Joseph's Church in Hope Valley.
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