So can you tell that I’m one of those hyper-worriers? I take nothing for granted, I believe no one, and I accept almost nothing on faith. The final count is the only thing that releases me from my prison of anxiety:
Whitehouse: 205,275 votes — 53.5%
Chafee: 178,550 votes — 46.5%
I count myself in good company as our new Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Roberts, was still sending out emails at 5:30 pm yesterday urging people to vote, while a landslide victory was just a few hours away:
Elizabeth Roberts: 202,262 votes — 53.1%
Reginald Centracchio: 127,809 votes, — 33.5%
Robert Healey: 51,135 votes — 13.4%
This is by far the victory that I am the most excited about. I believe Elizabeth Roberts has the potential to bring real reform and progress to Rhode Island.
Here in Cranston’s Mayoral race, Allan Fung is down by just 61 votes, and 1,356 absentee ballots have yet to be tabulated. A recount request is reportedly being made by the Fung campaign. Here are the results so far:
Michael Napolitano: 16,099 votes — 50.1%
Allan Fung: 16,041 votes — 49.9%
Finally, most locally and closest to my heart, Andre Araujo was unsuccessful in his bid for school committee in Ward 2 where we live. The good news is that with virtually no prior name recognition and a late start to his campaign, Andre managed to capture a significant percentage of the vote:
Deborah Greifer: 2,419 votes — 58.3%
Andre Araujo: 1,732 votes — 41.7%
As winners and losers go, I declare Andre the biggest winner of this election cycle, simply because he got out there and did the scary thing — he ran for office based on his passion for our schools. I hope some of the 1,732 people who voted for Andre will be inspired by his run for office and will become more involved in civic activity.
I’m enjoying the quiet now, with a sense of awe at the strength of these victories.