Get To Know The CCA Endorsed Town Council Candidates

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  • CCA 2014 Platform for Charlestown

    The Charlestown Citizens Alliance* (CCA) is committed to enhancing the overall quality of life for all Charlestown residents. We believe that sound fiscal management, responsible economic development, wise stewardship of our natural resources, and accountable and ethical leadership are essential to sustaining the vitality of our town. To accomplish this, CCA has endorsed candidates committed to the following goals:

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    CCA-endorsed candidates are committed to keeping our tax rate as one of the lowest in the state. At a time when financial resources are limited, we will promote an entrepreneurial spirit through town leadership and management to capture funds that will support fiscal projects and activities that fit with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.

  • Responsible Development

    CCA realizes that growth and development are linked to our town’s overall vitality. We value the strong connection between protection of our natural resources and our low tax rate. Accordingly, CCA-endorsed candidates will support economic opportunities that promote a vibrant community, preserve the landscapes we love, are cost-effective to taxpayers, and are environmentally sustainable over time.

  • Preservation of Our Natural Environment

    CCA-endorsed candidates recognize the important relationship between our environment, our quality of life, and our natural resource based economy. We will work collaboratively with town residents, businesses, and local, state and federal agencies to protect and sustain our natural resources and rural character.

  • Local Control Over Land Use

    CCA-endorsed candidates are committed to opposing state legislative and administrative initiatives that threaten to remove local control over Planning, Zoning, and the protection of Charlestown’s environment and community character.

  • Accountable and Ethical Leadership

    CCA-endorsed candidates are committed to town governance that is open, honest and responsible. All deliberations will be conducted in a forum characterized by civility and mutual respect.

  • Positive Educational Leadership

    CCA-endorsed School Committee candidates support the Chariho administration in its efforts to provide students with a high quality education while also promoting sound fiscal management and positive personal responsibility. They will continue to foster the high ranking of the Chariho district and its accomplishments.

  • Continue to Oppose Any Type of Gaming Halls, Including Casinos

    CCA-endorsed candidates support the federal laws and the Supreme Court decision that prevent a casino or other unregulated development on tribal lands. Along with that effort comes the responsibility to treat the Narragansett Tribe as we wish to be treated. CCA candidates pledge to assure enforcement of existing zoning and oppose intense or other inappropriate land use near tribal land.


Chariho Regional School Committee

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With advanced degrees in Education and years of experience they are exceptionally well qualified to represent Charlestown in an open and honest way, with sound fiscal decisions, and quality of education uppermost in School Committee deliberations.


Town Moderator

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Leo has the calm temperament and integrity needed to be an excellent Moderator. He is fair, clear, organized, informed, and inclusive. The Budget Public Hearing needs a Moderator who will facilitate an orderly meeting, not dominate it - the ability to chair complex meetings, the skills to assure the debate is open, and a broad knowledge of the major underlying issues. Continue reading --->


Get To Know The Planning Commission Candidates

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Introducing Denise Rhodes

Introducing Denise Rhodes

Most of us decided to make Charlestown our home, or continue to live here, because of the beauty and quiet of this wonderful place. And many of us get involved in local government when we discover that the beauty or quiet of our town is threatened. Some will trace their involvement to the nuclear power(…)

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Introducing Virginia Lee

Introducing Virginia Lee

As Charlestown plans for climate change impacts and sea level rise, we are extremely fortunate to have someone with the expertise of Virginia Lee seek to join the Charlestown Town Council. Virginia is co-author of the 2012 report, Climate Change and Rhode Island’s Coasts, which provides the best synthesis to date of our current understanding(…)

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Campaign Signs are Here – How You Can Help

Campaign Signs are Here – How You Can Help

In early May we made a call for candidates at our website and to our email list. Thirteen of you stepped forward to declare your willingness to run for local office. Those thirteen individuals are now busy running for election and introducing themselves to the voters of Charlestown. While they are hard at work, there(…)

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Best Candidates are CCA-Sponsored

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is reprinted here with permission of the author Michael Chambers. When the roster of candidates for office in Charlestown became public, I was pleasantly satisfied with the number and quality of candidates that the Charlestown Citizens Alliance supports. This should be no surprise because the CCA seeks(…)

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Get To Know The Endorsed Town Moderator Candidate

Get To Know The Endorsed Town Moderator Candidate

The town meeting is a form of direct democratic rule, used since the 17th century, in which the members of the community come together to legislate the budget for the local government. Charlestown keeps this bit of New England history alive in the position of Town Moderator. The Town Moderator acts as presiding officer at(…)

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Get To Know The Endorsed Chariho School Committee Candidates

Get To Know The Endorsed Chariho School Committee Candidates

Positive Educational Leadership for Chariho The Chariho School Committee candidates pictured below support the Chariho administration in its efforts to provide students with a high quality education while also promoting sound fiscal management and positive personal responsibility. They will continue to foster the high ranking of the Chariho district and its accomplishments. Click on any(…)

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Get To Know The Endorsed Planning Commission Candidates

Get To Know The Endorsed Planning Commission Candidates

Get To Know The Endorsed Planning Commission Candidates These candidates will bring education, experience, science, and a commitment to conservation to the elected Planning Commission. The top two vote getters will receive a six year term and will be full voting members. The next top vote getter will receive a two year term and will(…)

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Recent Posts In CCA Blog and Mailbox

Public Radio story includes the sound of blasting at quarry

Rhode Island Public Radio covered the story about the problems for the neighborhoods in Westerly and Charlestown adversely impacted by the intense quarry operation in Westerly on the Charlestown border. The story ran Monday and Tuesday, September 29 and 30th, 2014. A link to the September 29th story is at http://ripr.org/post/westerly-quarry-still-quandary-neighboring-residents A link to the(…)

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Introducing Denise Rhodes

Introducing Denise Rhodes

Most of us decided to make Charlestown our home, or continue to live here, because of the beauty and quiet of this wonderful place. And many of us get involved in local government when we discover that the beauty or quiet of our town is threatened. Some will trace their involvement to the nuclear power(…)

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Sustainable Beekeeping

Introduction to Biodynamic Beekeeping Philosophy & Practices with Gunther Hauk Friday ~ The Wisdom of the Bees October 3, 7 – 9 pm Honeybees play an essential role in the production of 1 in every 3 mouthfuls of food you will eat today. Join world-renowned beekeeper Gunther Hauk– author of “Toward Saving the Honeybee” and(…)

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Meeting of the joint governing bodies of the Chariho School District

On September 18, the Town Councils of Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton, and members of the Chariho Regional School Committee met to initiate joint discussions of the School District. Charlestown had preceded this discussion by explaining to the residents of Charlestown through the Pipeline newsletter the drastic impact of a district wide property tax for Chariho.(…)

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Recent Local Newspaper Stories

Westerly Quarry Still A Quandary For Neighboring Residents

By Ambar Espinoza A bird’s eye view of the Westerly Quarry in April 2010 from Google Earth. Google Earth Images   On the surface, this story is about sand and gravel. And it’s not, actually. It’s a story about how stone becomes sand and gravel. And about the people who built homes around what used to be(…)

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Progress on ChurchWoods housing

Westerly Sun – Published: September 26, 2014 By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer CHARLESTOWN — Construction of the ChurchWoods senior affordable housing project has cleared another hurdle with the preparation of a funding agreement that will allow the town to use $325,000 in bond funds to buy land next to the Church of the Holy(…)

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Meeting was a first for Chariho towns, School Committee

Westerly Sun – Published: September 19, 2014 | Last Modified: September 19, 2014 10:03AM By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — There were numerous procedural problems, and just a single proposal made it all the way to approval, but when the first-ever meeting of the joint governing bodies of the Chariho School(…)

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Chariho summit to be held Thursday

Richmond unilaterally introduced two items as proposed changes to the Chariho Act at the state legislature during the last session. It has also argued with the other towns over the district’s funding formula. At the same time, Richmond has also been the most vocal advocate of a joint meeting.

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Charlestown composter’s mix is not for the squeamish

Published: September 12, 2014 | Last Modified: September 12, 2014 11:27PM By BROOKE CONSTANCE WHITE Special to The Sun CHARLESTOWN — As Rhode Island’s oldest operating farm composter, Earth Care Farm in Charlestown has been taking great measures to lessen the amount of waste that goes into the state’s landfills since 1979. Producing over 4,000(…)

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Charlestown to revisit town quarry ordinance

Westerly Sun – Published: September 11, 2014 | Last Modified: September 11, 2014 05:47PM By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer CHARLESTOWN — Town Council President Thomas Gentz has vowed to go to the state legislature and ask lawmakers to help the town find a way to regulate gravel banks and quarries in the town. Bradford(…)

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Charlestown votes to buy its own streetlights

Westerly Sun – Published: September 10, 2014 By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer CHARLESTOWN — In an effort that they hope will save the town money, members of the Town Council have voted to buy the town’s streetlights, which are currently owned and maintained by National Grid. For the past two years, the Washington County(…)

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Blanchette leaving Chariho

Westerly Sun – Published: September 3, 2014 | Last Modified: September 3, 2014 12:10PM By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Carol Blanchette, assistant superintendent of the Chariho Regional School District, will start a new job as superintendent of the Jamestown school department on Sept. 22. Her last day here will be(…)

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