With primary results tallied, northern RI’s General Assembly races heat up


Northern, RI – A primary election held on Tuesday, Sept. 13 featured no municipal races for the towns of Burrillville, North Smithfield and Glocester, and just one race – a decisive victory – in a bid to appear on the ballot in the race for a seat in the General Assembly this November.

North Smithfield’s Glenn Dusablon will be the Democratic contender for Rhode Island House District 49, after beating out Woonsocket’s Alexander Kithes by a vote of 432-319. The district was previously represented by Rep. Steven Lima, who did not seek reelection, and in 2022, a portion of North Smithfield was added to the territory following the redistricting process.

In November, Dusablon will face Woonsocket’s Jon Brien, who is running as an independent in the General Election.

And the pair will be far from the only northern Rhode Island General Assembly race on the November ballot.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Brian Newberry, who represents District 48 in North Smithfield and Burrillville, will face a challenge from Democrat Paul Jones and libertarian James Aubin in the General Election.

North Smithfield voters in Senate District 24 will also weigh in as Woonsocket Democrat Sen. Melissa Murray looks to defend her seat in a challenge from Republican Craig Lacouture. In District 17, which also includes some voters in North Smithfield, incumbent Sen. Thomas Paolino will face Democrat Cameron Joseph Deutsch and independent John Lyle.

Burrillville and Glocester voters, meanwhile, will chose between incumbent Republican Rep. David Place and Democratic challenger Paul Roselli, both of Burrillville, for District 47.

Glocester voters in House District 40 will see Republican Rep. Michael Chippendale look to retain his seat in a challenge from Democrat Linda Nichols in the General Election. In Glocester District 53, meanwhile, incumbent Democrat Bernard Hawkins will face Republican Brian Rea on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

District 23 Sen. Jessica de la Cruz, who represents all three northern Rhode Island towns, will go unchallenged in the 2022 election cycle.

Editor’s note: In the vote tally in the District 49 race, we initially published the numbers from North Smithfield only. The error has been corrected.

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