GLOCESTER – All five members of the Glocester Town Council will represent a single political party following an election that saw two incumbents who identified as independents fail in bids to retain their seats.
Republicans Cheryl Greathouse and Jon Burlingame secured seats on the board in the as yet unofficial results, bumping out Town Council President William Reichert and his fellow independent David LaPlante. LaPlante was tapped in January to fill the vacancy created by the passing of the late Councilor Julian Forgue.
Greathouse, a native of East Providence who works as an herbalist, was the second highest vote-getter in the Tuesday contest with 2,291 votes, with longtime Councilor Walter Steere coming in first with 2,523 votes. The published results include early votes and mail-in ballots, but must still be certified before becoming official.
Burlingame, who has served on the Foster Glocester Regional School Committee since 2017 and was chairman of the Glocester School Committee, came in fourth with voters, securing 2,239 votes.
Also failing to secure a seat on Tuesday was George “Buster” Steere, a former councilor who launched a write-in campaign in late September. Results published by the Board of Elections show that 1,345 Glocester voters wrote in a name on the ballot.
Republicans William Worthy and Stephen Arnold, meanwhile, have secured another term on the board, coming in third and fifth respectively.
The results are just the latest in a continued red tide in Glocester, in an election that also saw Democrat Bernard Hawkins lose his District 53 House seat to Republican Brian Rea. Hawkins fell short in his re-election bid by just 64 votes.
Republican Reps. Michael Chippendale of District 40 and David Place of District 47 defended their seats against Democratic challengers by wide margins.