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Ferri wins Warwick special election

Matt has the details of what he waggishly calls a victory for the Democratic wing of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, in the race to succeed former Representative Peter Ginaitt:

Frank Ferri has decisively won the District 22 Special Election tonight. 

  • Frank Ferri - 611 votes - 57%
  • Edgar Ladouceur - 308 votes - 29%
  • Olin Thompson - 149 votes - 14%

Ferri had the broad support of the progressive movement in Rhode Island and this support swamped the establishment candidate - Ladouceur - who was supported by Speaker Bill Murphy, the Warwick Democratic Committee, business groups, the National Rifle Association and AFSCME Council 94.

Ferri will now face off against Republican Jonathan Wheeler and Independent Carlo Pisaturo in the general election on Nov. 27th.

The BeloJo has the story here:

“All the hard work we did paid off,” Ferri said in an interview last night. “It was a validation of what I was talking to all my neighbors about — the issues. What I was concerned about was what they were concerned about — heath care, the environment, the Bay.”

As the endorsed candidate, Ladouceur was widely believed to be the front runner, but as primary day approached, it was clear that Ferri’s organizational efforts were substantial. Groups of six or more volunteers regularly worked nights and weekends in Ferri’s Lippitt Avenue home getting the word out about their candidate, and 100 people turned out yesterday to volunteer on Ferri’s behalf.

“We ran a great campaign,” Ferri said last night. “To have 100 volunteers was incredible. I’m humbled.”

and...

“It was a really great experience. To see the kind of turnout Frank had just goes to show the people really voted on the issues,” Thompson said last night.

“The really good thing here is that we have three good candidates who ran clean campaigns,” said Ginaitt, who was campaigning for Ladouceur outside John Greene Elementary School last night. “There was no negativism at all.”

Now Ferri says his sights are set on November’s general election.

“The campaign really starts now,” he said last night. “I have a lot of more to do, a lot more walking and a lot more people to talk to. My universe just opened up a little more.”

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