Mayor says he can win re-election

Mayor Leo Fontaine

Woonsocket Mayor Leo Fontaine has an uphill battle to retain his seat.

State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt got three times as many votes as Fontaine in the primary.

There's a run-off election Nov. 5, and Fontaine told a taping of "10 News Conference" on Friday that he feels he has a chance of retaining the office.

"Well, we think so. The primary results, it was a low turnout. And we feel that if we can get out enough people to see what's happening and come out to vote on Election Day and do well enough there, we can come back and win this," Fontaine said.

Fontaine has served two terms.

Woonsocket is financially strapped and is under control of a state budget commission. But the mayor said it was Baldelli-Hunt who helped to hurt the city's finances.

"Putting out the clear records between myself and Rep. Baldelli-Hunt, people are surprised when they hear that basically she voted for all the state budget cuts that really have put us in the situation we're in," Fontaine said.

Baldelli-Hunt was unable to appear on the program this week, but will be the guest next week.