Voters Elect Two New City Councilors

The unofficial results show that Sara-Lynn Reynolds and James DiLisio won seats on the Attleboro City Council.

Two newcomers ousted two incumbents for at-large seats on the Attleboro City Council. Based on unofficial results pending absentee ballots, Sara-Lynn Reynolds and James DiLisio appear to have won seats, ousting Cherie Felos and Kimberly Allard.

They will join incumbents Richard Conti and Brian Kirby, who finished within one vote of each other, and Peter Blais.

“I’m humbled. Without a doubt humbled,” said Jay DiLisio, the newly elected City Council At Large Councilor.  It is an honor that voters of Attleboro have put their confidence in me.”

“We talked about the local economy and bringing business in, creating jobs and building relationships.”

DiLisio said he plans to stick to his promise to bring in Project 350. “It is certainly something I want to do. The biggest thing I learned is how much the residents of Attleboro care about our city.”

DiLision will join Councilor Richard Conti who was reelected to City Councilor at large.

“I want to thank them for their support and thank all of my volunteers. It’s a big city like a big machine,” Conti said while putting “thank you” on his signs. “Like I said at Agudas Achim, this campaign was like a job performance review and I’m hearing that the citizens of Attleboro want to keep my hired. I plan on meeting or exceeding my performance in the next term.”

“I’m going to try to push the city purchasing used equipment, I’ve already lost the battle for paying the ARA debt. So, I’m going to fight for transparency and fresh air and sunlight.”

"Yes it's a loss, but you win some and you lose some," Councilor Cherie Felos said." I have a lot going on and certainly it's not going to slow me down. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and enjoy the kids while they are still around and being part of everyday life here in this city. In some ways it is a blessing because I'll have more time to devote to my law practice."

Councilor Conti said he will continue to push the ordinances that City Councilor Cherie Felos introduced. “I will fight to put through the legislation and the principals she stood for I will continue to push and fight. I think that what happened to Cherie can happen to anyone. She drew a lot of fire and that comes with trying to institute change. I think the change has to evolve."

“The Ward 4 race was classic because the guy that won, worked at it,” former State Rep. Bill Bowles said after the election. “I think Jonathan had two advantages. He did mailings, he did door to door. William Bergivine appeared that he was taking it for granted.”


If the current results hold, joining them on the council will be:

  • Ward 1: Walter Thibodeau (ran unopposed)
  • Ward 2: Mark Cooper (ran unopposed)
  • Ward 3: Frank Cook, who beat Thomas Dowling, 62% to 38%
  • Ward 4: Jonathan Weydt, who is leading William Bergevine, 52% to 48%
  • Ward 5: Jeremy Dunlea, who is leading Duff White, 52% to 48%
  • Ward 6: Shannon Heagney, who ran unopposed.


The unofficial results, pending absentee ballots, are:


City Council Total Votes At-Large
Richard Conti 4,767 Brian Kirby 4,766 Peter Blais 4,189 Sara Lynn Reynolds  
3,569 Jay DiLisio 3,547 Burt Buckley 2,942 Cherie Felos 2,919 Kimberly Allard 2,393 Anthony Parziale 1,871 Ward 1
Walter Thibodeau 933 Ward 2
Mark Cooper 1,250 Ward 3
Frank Cook 888 Tom Dowling 727 Ward 4
Jonathan Weydt 727 Wiliam Bergivine 676 Ward 5
Jeremy Denlea 579 Duff White 541 Ward 6
Shannon Heagney 1,001
Bob Hill November 09, 2011 at 03:03 PM
It seems to me that Bill Bowles never misses an opportunity to slight Bill Bergevine. Maybe it's just my reading of his comments and his quotes here and elsewhere. Mr. Bowles, feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Your comments in the article and elsewhere) make me think you still hold it against Mr. Bergevine for supporting George Ross. I know Bill Bergevine and like Bill Bergevine. I also think he is a really smart guy. I don't think he took anything for granted. And without slighting Jonathan Weydt (I don't know him), I think the ward 4 voters might have taken Bill for granted! I
Henry November 09, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Strong Work Everyone. Sure would be nice to see a new City Council President now. A top vote getter, a person who will create a true check and balance between the Administration and Council. Create Dialog in our City, Let the ideas flow. Have information hit 'fresh air and sunlight'. Hmmmm, anyone fit that bill?
Hope Attleboro November 09, 2011 at 03:16 PM
Erin November 09, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Congratulations Jeremy Denlea!!! I know you will do the city of Attleboro proud.
jane nicoletti November 09, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Best wishes to J. Dilisio,Jeremy Denlea and Sara Reynolds.Feeling good vibes there. Congrats to Mayor Dumas. Congrats to Peter Blais who puts forth a good example of serving the city. Voting counts. I am happy with this election.
Roxanne Houghton November 09, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I would also like to congratulate Jonathan Weydt, the new City Councilor elect, for Ward 4. All four newly elected officials have my best wishes - Jay-Sara-Jonathan and Jeremy!
Roxanne Houghton November 09, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Let me also congratulate Mayor Dumas as well, and wish him well, in his next term.
jane nicoletti November 09, 2011 at 05:36 PM
oops Yes and Jonathan too all the best
Kim Penque November 09, 2011 at 05:55 PM
CONGRATS to everyone for their hard work and dedication to the folks who won and the folks who didn't - it is all about never giving up and Perseverance. Perseverance is a valuable quality that is a necessity in every human being elected or not.
jane nicoletti November 09, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Joseph November 09, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Cherie Felos gets booted out and Rick Conti wants to continue to fight for the principals and legislation she stood for? Why the heck do you think she got herself voted out? Pay attention Rick and don't get too cocky
Mark Olson November 09, 2011 at 09:03 PM
I couldn’t agree more, the people showed at the ballot box that councilors like Cherie Felos were not good for our city so they voted her out in a BIG way. Mr. Conti although a big vote getter this time, could see the same thing happen to him if he decides to take a page from the book of Felos
Adam Tellier November 09, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Congratulations Jay and Sara-Lynn, I am extremely happy that you were elected! I look forward to seeing you through these next two years!
DAN DEVINE November 09, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I agree, Mr. Conti said "Felos drew a lot of fire and that comes with trying to institute change" I think there was a little more to her defeat than that! Once again, Pay attention Mr. Conti and don't get too cocky!
Bill Bowles November 10, 2011 at 12:21 AM
To Bob Hill, If I worked against everyone who ever worked for my opponent, the list would get too big. One of the things this year that drove my support of candidates was the degree of independence they exhibit. I don't think I was alone. Three of the four incumbents on the council that lost had independence issues, in my opinion. I would also remind you that I supported Jonathan Weydt, who is a member of the Attleboro Republican City Committee, therefore most likely a Ross supporter. Jonathan demonstrated a willingness to challenge proposals that are not in the best interest of his ward or the city. Jonathan knocked on hundreds of doors, and did 3 mailings. I did not see any evidence of a serious campaign effort from Bill Bergivine, which was the basis of my observation. In light of all the work Bergivine did for Ross, I WAD, however, surprised that Ross did not return the favor.___
Adam Tellier November 10, 2011 at 12:43 AM
Mr. Bowles, Mr. Ross was out there at LaSallet all of election day. I saw you there, I am surprised you did not see him. If you are going to attempt to hurt someones reputation, please make sure that what you are saying is truthful. I apologize if this seems disrespectful, but this entire campaign season has been one of the most negative. I am tired of all the negativity in Attleboro. Luckily this race is over!
Bill Bowles November 10, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Adam I was talking an endorsement, or perhaps a letter to the editor. I did see George sitting on a truck.
mark November 10, 2011 at 02:39 AM
What exactly are these principals and legislations?
Ronda "Roni" Lodge November 10, 2011 at 11:34 AM
I have to agree with Adam on this one Mr. Bowles. I'd much rather see Mr. Ross being visible at the poles and lending a helping hand -- that shows true support. Merely putting someone’s name on a mailing that they are "endorsing" the candidate is a simple task. A letter to the editor just gets lost amongst the dozens that are printed at election time.
Jerry Chase March 03, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Well, if George is so great, he could have at least told me up front, in 2009, that he, a fellow sitting city councilor, was going to support my opponent. I don't mind his choice----he could have had the courage to tell me beforehand. C'est la guerre.


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