In the long, narrow, 4-town state Senate district that is Dist. 35, Mark Gee of East Greenwich beat Kim Page of North Kingstown 1,015 to 464 votes in the Republican primary Tuesday. Gee will face Democrat James Callaghan of Narragansett in the general election. Incumbent Dawson Hodgson, a Republican, is running for state attorney general.
When he was congratulated at EG Republican Town Committee’s primary night headquarters at the Grille on Main, Gee was quick respond, “Well, it’s not over.”
Gee, who is on the EG Town Council and had been a commissioner on the former EG Fire District, was the overwhelming winner in East Greenwich, capturing 627 votes to Page’s 157. He also won much smaller vote tallies in Narragansett (168 to 80) and South Kingstown (26 to 18). Page won North Kingstown 209 votes to Gee’s 194.
For Gee, the slim margin of that loss was the big win of the night.
“North Kingstown was my first target,” he said.
Gee ran a very visible campaign in East Greenwich – those neon GEE t-shirts were hard to miss. He poured it on Tuesday, with upwards of 35 volunteers – many of them children, including his three – scattered among the five precincts. Gee credited his wife, Dana, with organizing the Gee foot soldiers.
“It really is a family effort,” he said.
Check out all the vote results at the R.I. Secretary of State’s website here.