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