By KENDRA GRAVELLE
With all votes finally recorded, John Burke, Patricia Serpa and Kimberly Shockley have come out on top in their respective Primary Election races.
Based on the results released late Thursday afternoon by the state Board of Elections, Shockley, who earned 51.2 percent of the total votes, and incumbent Debra Bacon, who earned 36 percent of the votes, will continue to the November General Election to vie for the District 5 seat on the Coventry Town Council.
Seth Kersetter will not continue on, having earned just 12.8 percent of the votes in the Primary Election.
For the District 9 Senate seat, Burke, a political newcomer and lifelong resident of West Warwick, earned 51 percent of the votes in the Democratic Primary against Geoffrey Rousselle.
Burke received 1,098 total votes, including 584 from residents who voted in-person during Tuesday’s election, 53 from those who voted early and 461 from mail ballots. Rousselle, meanwhile, raked in a total of 1,056 votes, of which 550 came from mail ballots, 466 from the polls Tuesday and 40 from early voters.
“I’d like to thank the people of West Warwick for having confidence in me,” Burke said Thursday, giving thanks, as well, to his family and campaign team.
For the RI House District 27 seat, Serpa, who’s served in the position since 2006, won in the Democratic Primary in both West Warwick and Coventry with a total of 920 votes.
Nicholas Delmenico, who earned just shy of 30 percent of the votes, said he was disappointed by the results, but proud of the campaign his team ran.
“We engaged people who were left out of the political process, inspired our neighbors to fight for a better future, and ran an honest campaign that focused on the issues that mattered most to Rhode Islanders,” he said after conceding Thursday to Serpa. “Unfortunately, it was not enough.”