Barrington Republicans Get 'Skunked'
Only one Republican got an election win Tuesday night: School Committee Chairman Patrick Guida, who now finds himself in the minority again on that board.
“We got skunked.”
Steve Primiano, chairman of the Barrington Republican Town Committee, summed up his party’s showing in Tuesday’s election with those three words.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Primiano said while standing in a rather somber American Legion Hall filled with Republicans expecting a much better showing.
“I really thought we would make inroads on the Town Council because of issues like revaluation and affordable housing,” he said. “I guess I’m most disappointed by the Town Council races.”
Margaret Kane still had an outside shot at a seat on the council because she trailed Ann Strong, a Democrat, by 159 votes with 926 absentee ballots apparently not to be counted until today by the Board of Elections. But mail ballots tend to mirror general election results, so it appears that the Democrats had swept all three vacant seats Tuesday evening.
“I think we had great candidates who did a great job of getting our issues out there while campaigning,” Primiano said. “I guess voters favored Democratic issues."
With 2,000 fewer registered Republicans than Democrats in Barrington and unaffiliated voters making up 50 percent of registered voters, he said, “it is very difficult for Republicans in Barrington no matter what the issues.”
Patrick Guida, the School Committee chairman, was the only Republican who got a win Tuesday. Incumbent School Committee member Christopher Ramsden was defeated in the five-way race; he actually finished behind his wife, Meaghan, who also ran for the School Committee.
“I think all the candidates worked hard and they got our issues out there,” Primiano said of the Republicans. “But the voters have spoken.”