Soter nar­rowly tops Malone in Dist. 8

Woonsocket Call - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­ Fol­low Joseph Fitzger­ald on Twit­ter @jofitz7

d BELLING­HAM — Repub­li­can Michael Soter, of Belling­ham, de­feated Demo­crat Pa­trick Malone, of Uxbridge, for the 8th Worces­ter Dis­trict state rep­re­sen­ta­tive seat, which rep­re­sents Belling­ham, Black­stone, Mil­lville and Uxbridge.

The un­of­fi­cial tally was f 9,142 votes for Soter and 8,605 votes for Malone.

“I want to thank the en­tire t 8th Worces­ter Dis­trict of Bellt ing­ham, Black­stone, Mil­lville d and Uxbridge,” Soter said. “I met so many great peo­ple. Whether you voted for me or Pat I’m ready to serve ev­ery­one. We need to start work- ing for ev­ery­one. I’m ready to bring our dis­trict to­gether. Over the next few days I’ll be out thank­ing ev­ery­one in all the towns. I’m ready to get to work and I’m hon­ored to be your state rep­re­sen­ta­tive.”

Soter said Malone called him Tues­day night to con­cede the race.

“I per­son­ally want to thank Pat Malone for run­ning a fab­u­lous cam­paign,” Soter said. “I en­joyed meet­ing his fam­ily. In to­day’s po­lit­i­cal cli­mate I feel that Pat and I set an ex­am­ple on how cam­paigns should be run. I asked Pat to sit down next week so that we can dis­cuss his ideas for the dis­trict so that I can bring two great agen­das to Bos­ton.”

Malone, 21, a life­long res- ident of Uxbridge, was the youngest can­di­date ever to run for the 8th Worces­ter Dis­trict seat. A 2014 grad­u­ate of Uxbridge High School, he re­cently grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Mas­sachusetts-Amherst where he was the trea­surer of Pi Sigma Al­pha, a mem­ber of the Na­tional Po­lit­i­cal Science Honors So­ci­ety, and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for the UMass Theatre Guild, UMass-Amherst’s old­est stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion.

He grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Arts in po­lit­i­cal science and eco­nom­ics.

Malone is a State­house ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant for state Rep. Denise Gar­lick and the Joint Com­mit­tee on Men­tal Health Sub­stance Use and Re­cov­ery.

He is also a for­mer vol­un­teer for the Paul Feeney for State Se­nate Cam­paign and a for­mer Amer­i­can Naval pol­icy re­search as­sis­tant.

Soter, 43, is chair­man of the Belling­ham Board of Select­men, a panel he has served on for the past six years. Soter at­tended Ni­chols Col­lege and cur­rently works in sales with the Fa­ther’s Ta­ble Desserts.

As a select­men he helped se­cure $1.76 mil­lion in state fund­ing for safety and in­fras­truc­tural im­prove­ments to a dan­ger­ously con­gested in­ter­sec­tion on Route 140, and over­saw con­struc­tion of a new state-of- the-art $6.8 mil­lion po­lice sta­tion.

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