Community Calendar

Run for the Pumpkins 5K Trail Run
10 a.m. - Noon Westerly

Native Gardens Tour
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Westerly

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

RI Families in Nature Hike at Wahaneeta Preserve
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

Hopkinton Fall Festival
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ashaway

Seal Tour
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Westerly

Public Square Rosary Rally
Noon - 1 p.m. Hope Valley

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Westerly

Master Gardener Kiosk and Soil Test
9 a.m. - Noon Westerly

Fall Stroll-A-Thon
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Westerly

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North Stonington First Selectman Nicholas Mullane II is interviewed by reporters at Town Hall after winning reelection Tuesday night. | (Christine Corrigan / The Westerly Sun)
North Stonington Republican registrar of voters Gladys Chase talks to first selectman candidate Robert L. Testa about the election results on Tuesday night at Town Hall. Testa lost the first selectman race to Nicholas Mullane. He won by one vote over Brett Mastroianni for a selectman seat. There will be a recount. Behind them, is Mary Cooper, the moderator of the election who was printing out more copies of the results. (Christine Corrigan/ The Westerly Sun) First Selectman candidate , Nick Mullane takes notes as the election results are announced at the North Stonington Town Hall on election night. Behind him is board of finance candidate, Daniel Spring.Nick Mullane won the race for first selectman.
(Christine Corrigan/ The Westerly Sun)  From the left, North Stonington Board of Finance candidates,Charles Steinhart lV,  and Brent Woodward congratulate each other on winning  at the North Stonington Town Hall on election night.In the middle is Timothy Main ll who also won a seat on the finance board.
(Christine Corrigan/ The Westerly Sun) People listen as the election results are announce at  the North Stonington Town Hall.
(Christine Corrigan/ The Westerly Sun)  North Stonington Selectman candidate, Brett Mastroianni and North Stonington Deputy Fire Chief, Mark Perkins talk about the election results  at the North Stonington Town Hall after the results were announced. Brett Mastroianni lost by one vote to Robert L. Testa. there will be a recount.
(Christine Corrigan/ The Westerly Sun) Robert Testa, with 702 votes, lost the first selectman's race to incumbent Nicholas Mullane II, who won with 838 votes, but Testa may end up with a seat on the Board of Selectmen anyway — as a selectman — depending on the outcome of a recount for a selectman's seat. Candidates for the Board of Selectmen in North Stonington, Brett Mastroianni, first selectman candidate Nicholas Mullane II, Mark Donahue, first selectman candidate Robert Testa and Timothy Pelland listen as moderator Judy Dolphin poses a question during a recent

Mullane keeps his job in North Stonington, wins 15th term

NORTH STONINGTON — Republican incumbent Nicholas Mullane II will continue to serve as first selectman, winning his 15th term tonight.

Mullane’s experience leading the town once again helped him beat back unendorsed Republican challenger Robert Testa by a vote of 838 to 702. The two have faced off for the first selectman seat in two previous elections.

While Mullane was criticized by his opponent and some town residents for slow progress on town infrastructure repairs like the Boom Bridge Road project, he pledged during his campaign to continue working on such repairs. He has also emphasized the need for a school building project and increased affordable and senior housing.

In the selectman’s race, Republican Brett Mastroianni emerged as the top vote-earner, with 701 votes, just one vote less than Testa.

A recount is planned. The candidate with the highest number of votes will join the Board of Selectmen.

The three-member Board of Selectmen for the next two years will include Mullane and Democratic incumbent Mark Donahue, who was guaranteed a spot on the board based on state requirements that all three board members cannot be from the same political party. Either Testa or Mastroianni will take the third spot, depending on the outcome of the recount.

In the Board of Education race, voters gave 820 votes to Robert Carlson and 758 votes to Christine Wagner, the two Republican candidates.

Democratic candidates David Maxwell McCord and Julia Buzzee trailed with 547 and 392 votes, respectively. Crystal Dame ran as an unendorsed Democrat, winning 260 votes.

Republican Alexander Karpinski ran unopposed for a vacancy on the school board.

In the treasurer’s race, incumbent Republican Robin Roohr was reelected with 902 votes to Democratic challenger Mustapha Ratib’s 557.

See Wednesday’s Westerly Sun for the full results of Tuesday’s election in North Stonington.

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