It's no secret that Woonsocket is in deep financial trouble. The current mayor says he has a plan to get the city back on track, but the challenger says he's had a chance to fix things, and now she want's a turn herself.
A steady stream of voters turned out to Woonsocket polling locations all day Tuesday. By 10:30 am more than 250 ballots were already cast at Woonsocket High School. On the top of the ballot is the mayor's race.
Challenger Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is taking on incumbent Leo Fontaine. Hunt, a state representative, easily beat out Fontaine and two other candidates in the primary to advance to the general election.
Fontaine has held the seat for the last 4 years.
The next mayor will serve three years instead of two, so the city can sync up its election to the state cycle of even years.
If Hunt wins the election she would have to give up her state representative seat, meaning there would be a special election for that position.