PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has been elected to the District 5 seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Eyewitness News projects.
Ranglin-Vassell defeated Democrat write-in candidate Rep. John DeSimone. Republican Roland Lavallee finished third.
Ranglin-Vassell, a progressive, stunned political observers when she defeated DeSimone in September’s Democratic primary, but DeSimone staged a write-in campaign in an attempt to hold on to the seat he has held since 1992. DeSimone has served as the House majority leader since 2013.
“I think it came down to the voters who really wanted the change in the district,” said Ranglin-Vassell. “We needed to see a change and different attitudes in the way we approach people, and how we feel about how kids are treated, how families are treated, and I think that really made the difference.”
House District 5 is located in Providence’s North End, which includes the Wanskuck and Elmhurst neighborhoods.
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