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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Recent Posts In 2014 Election News and Blog Posts

Help keep Charlestown a great place to live

Help keep Charlestown a great place to live

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is reprinted here with permission of the author Frances Topping. Frances and is running for election to the Charlestown Planning Commission. Charlestown is a great place to live. I think so and so it seems do many other people…and they would like to keep it that way.(…)

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Walsh accusation and Filippi response

The following are links to a news story based on a press release from Donna Walsh. And a link to a press release sent to us by Blake Filippi. Walsh and Filippi are running for House of Representatives District 36 which covers all of Block Island, all of Charlestown and parts of South Kingstown and(…)

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Candidates pledge to help neighbors at Copar

Westerly SunPublished: October 28, 2014  | By DALE P. FAULKNER Sun Staff Writer WESTERLY — Candidates seeking election to state and local offices declared their plans Monday to help the neighbors of the quarry formerly known as Copar Quarries of Westerly, pledging to support new legislation designed to regulate quarries in close proximity to residential(…)

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Political attacks take focus off real issues

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Tom Penhallow. The people of Charlestown are incredibly fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas, and not just of Rhode Island, but the entire country. Yet, every two years, our bucolic home is upended by staggeringly(…)

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Candidate’s Absenteeism is a Bad Sign

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Michael Chambers. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board. When the voters select a candidate to represent them, they expect that candidate to set aside personal preferences, to represent the populace at all committee and council(…)

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3 House of Representatives candidates will address Copar issues

Westerly Sun – Published: October 25, 2014 By DALE P. FAULKNER Sun Staff Writer WESTERLY — Three candidates seeking seats in the state General Assembly will discuss Copar Quarries of Westerly during a press conference scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Bradford Preserve on Bradford Road. Blake Filippi, independent candidate for the District(…)

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How Charlestown works together to preserve Open Space

How Charlestown works together to preserve Open Space

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is reprinted here with permission of the author Tom Gentz. Mr. Gentz is President of the Charlestown Town Council and is running for re-election. On August 22, 2013, the Charlestown Town Council approved the purchase of approximately 78 acres of pristine open space for the enjoyment of(…)

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CDTC Doesn’t Fix What is Broken

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Michael Chambers. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board. Two years ago the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) experienced one of the most humiliating defeats since Muhammad Ali rope-a-doped George Foreman in Zaire. If it weren’t(…)

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Recent Posts In CCA Blog and Mailbox

Help keep Charlestown a great place to live

Help keep Charlestown a great place to live

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is reprinted here with permission of the author Frances Topping. Frances and is running for election to the Charlestown Planning Commission. Charlestown is a great place to live. I think so and so it seems do many other people…and they would like to keep it that way.(…)

Continue Reading --->

Walsh accusation and Filippi response

The following are links to a news story based on a press release from Donna Walsh. And a link to a press release sent to us by Blake Filippi. Walsh and Filippi are running for House of Representatives District 36 which covers all of Block Island, all of Charlestown and parts of South Kingstown and(…)

Continue Reading --->

Political attacks take focus off real issues

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Tom Penhallow. The people of Charlestown are incredibly fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful areas, and not just of Rhode Island, but the entire country. Yet, every two years, our bucolic home is upended by staggeringly(…)

Continue Reading --->

Candidate’s Absenteeism is a Bad Sign

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Michael Chambers. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board. When the voters select a candidate to represent them, they expect that candidate to set aside personal preferences, to represent the populace at all committee and council(…)

Continue Reading --->

How Charlestown works together to preserve Open Space

How Charlestown works together to preserve Open Space

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is reprinted here with permission of the author Tom Gentz. Mr. Gentz is President of the Charlestown Town Council and is running for re-election. On August 22, 2013, the Charlestown Town Council approved the purchase of approximately 78 acres of pristine open space for the enjoyment of(…)

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CDTC Doesn’t Fix What is Broken

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Michael Chambers. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board. Two years ago the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) experienced one of the most humiliating defeats since Muhammad Ali rope-a-doped George Foreman in Zaire. If it weren’t(…)

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A vote for the Charlestown Citizens Alliance candidates is a vote for the Independent Voice

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author John Goodman. I am writing urging my fellow Charlestown voters to support the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) endorsed candidates for Town Council, Planning Commission, School Committee and Town Moderator positions on November 4th. CCA endorsed incumbents and new candidates(…)

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Recent Local Newspaper Stories

Candidates pledge to help neighbors at Copar

Westerly SunPublished: October 28, 2014  | By DALE P. FAULKNER Sun Staff Writer WESTERLY — Candidates seeking election to state and local offices declared their plans Monday to help the neighbors of the quarry formerly known as Copar Quarries of Westerly, pledging to support new legislation designed to regulate quarries in close proximity to residential(…)

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Westerly Homeowners’ Complaints Against Neighboring Quarry Protected

A Superior Court judge recently ruled homeowners in Westerly seeking remedy for alleged nuisance from a neighboring quarry operation have the right to do so. When two families filed a lawsuit against the quarry owner, Westerly Granite Inc., the quarry operators, Armetta LLC, formerly known as Copar Quarries, LLC, and the subconstractor Maine Drilling and(…)

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3 House of Representatives candidates will address Copar issues

Westerly Sun – Published: October 25, 2014 By DALE P. FAULKNER Sun Staff Writer WESTERLY — Three candidates seeking seats in the state General Assembly will discuss Copar Quarries of Westerly during a press conference scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Bradford Preserve on Bradford Road. Blake Filippi, independent candidate for the District(…)

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12 candidates compete for 7 Chariho School Committee seats

Westerly Sun – Published: October 19, 2014 By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer Twelve candidates are running for the seven open seats on the Chariho Regional School Committee, and while there are differences in their platforms, there is also consensus on several issues facing the school district. Finances and budgets top the list, followed by(…)

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Neighbors prevail in key ruling against Westerly Granite

Westerly Sun – Published: October 7, 2014 By DALE P. FAULKNER Sun Staff Writer WARWICK — A Superior Court judge has ruled that Westerly Granite Co. Inc., the Comolli family enterprise that leases land to Copar Quarries of Westerly, improperly tried to stifle neighbors of the quarry from voicing their concerns alleging migrating dust and(…)

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Lisa DiBello ends bid for Town Council

Westerly Sun – Published: October 7, 2014 By ELLYN SANTIAGO Sun Staff Writer CHARLESTOWN — Incumbent Town Councilor Lisa A. DiBello has withdrawn from the race and will not seek a third term, she announced Monday in a letter to The Sun. DiBello, the former longtime director of the Parks and Recreation Department, settled a(…)

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Long-awaited Pawaget Park opens in Charlestown

Westerly Sun – Published: October 4, 2014 By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer CHARLESTOWN — State, town, and Narragansett tribal officials gathered Friday afternoon for the official opening of a park that’s been years in the making. The 7–acre Pawaget Park, the site of the former Charlestown Driving Range, lies just off Route 1 on(…)

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Chariho computer rollout deemed a success

Westerly Sun – Published: October 3, 2014 | Last Modified: October 3, 2014 08:54AM By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer WOOD RIVER JCT. — All but three of Chariho’s 1,149 students are now using MacBook Air laptops. The roll-out of the 1:1 program has happened without a major hitch, a success that Chariho technology fellow(…)

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