Longtime Warwick mayor prepares for primary challenger

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – Longtime Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian will have a challenger in Rhode Island’s September 9th primary.

Stacia Petri has announced she will challenge for the Republican nomination.

Petri told Eyewitness News she’s prepared for the challenge and has been “talking with the people and interacting with them.”

She said that’s what she brings to the table that Mayor Avedisian does not.

Avedisian, who has served as Warwick’s mayor for 14 years told Eyewitness News Petri has no concrete proposals and he doesn’t believe her message will “resonate with voters.”

Eyewitness News political analyst Joe Fleming points out that Republican primaries usually have low voter turnout.

He said, “As a result of that, an opponent can get a group of voters together and really have an impact on the primaries.”

Mayor Avedisian last had a primary challenger in 2010. In that election, only 2,702 voters were case and Avedisian received 2,064 of them.

When asked if the candidates would support the other one in the general election, Avedisian said he would support the Republican nominee while Petri said she would not support Avedisian because she doesn’t believe he represents the Republican party.

The winner will face Independent Kevin Eisemann and the winner of the Democratic primary between John Kirby and Carel Callahan Bainum in November.

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