Woonsocket Mayor Baldelli-Hunt re-elected, after being ousted from office

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt was re-elected Tuesday after being ousted from office last month.

After her removal, Woonsocket residents called to elect City Councilwoman Denise Sierra as mayor through write-in votes.

In October, the city council voted 3-2 to remove the mayor after Sierra on brought forth a complaint, saying Baldelli-Hunt was willfully neglecting duties.

Councilman Daniel Gendron was then sworn in as mayor.

“I think the people of Woonsocket have spoken, they recognize there has been an injustice, they recognize their voices were silenced and that their voices were stripped from them,” Baldelli- Hunt said Wednesday.

But Tuesday night, Gendron was not reelected to the city council.

Brian Thompson, taking the place as one of the newest councilmen, said he is thrilled to help restore respect amongst city council members.

Baldelli- Hunt said the swearing in ceremony will be Tuesday, December 6 and Governor Dan McKee will be in attendance.

After being sworn in, the mayor along with her new city council will hold its first council meeting.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, Baldelli-Hunt earned over 5,000 votes, while the write-in received over 1,500 votes.

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