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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A Positive Atmosphere in Charlestown

A Positive Atmosphere in Charlestown

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Kate Waterman. Kate served on the Charlestown Town Council from 2002 to 2008, the Planning Commission from 2008 to 2011, and she served many years on the Conservation Commission. In this highly charged political season, an apolitical observation might(…)

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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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Donna Chambers: Profile of a Worthy Candidate

Donna Chambers: Profile of a Worthy Candidate

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. She won’t embrace a cause unless she is willing to commit her time and energies to it. She has spent almost 40 years promoting sensible approaches to(…)

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A Sober Look at Campaign Tactics

The following letter is shared with us by the author Michael Chambers. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board. Most people are aware of the tactics that campaign managers and strategic researchers use to convince the voter that their candidate is the best choice for the job. After reading this sentence and(…)

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Preview your ballot for the November 4 General Election

Polls are open 7AM to 8PM on Tuesday, November 4 The state prints different ballots for each precinct in Charlestown and there are four polling places in Charlestown for the November 4th election. The ballots are the same for 501 and 502 where the RI Senate race (district 34) is between Cool Rumsey and Morgan.(…)

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Are you better off today …

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Joan Lawlor. Joan Lawlor is a resident of Charlestown. As I reflect on some of the recent letters submitted by Jim Mageau, I’m reminded of a phrase used successfully by Ronald Reagan and more recently by President Obama: “Are(…)

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Video Taped Meetings are Fully Transparent

Video Taped Meetings are Fully Transparent

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Ruth Platner. Ms. Platner is Chair of the Charlestown Planning Commission. The meetings of the Charlestown Planning Commission, Town Council, and Zoning Board are video taped, audio taped, and these tapes are available to the public 24/7 at the(…)

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A Positive Atmosphere in Charlestown

A Positive Atmosphere in Charlestown

The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Kate Waterman. Kate served on the Charlestown Town Council from 2002 to 2008, the Planning Commission from 2008 to 2011, and she served many years on the Conservation Commission. In this highly charged political season, an apolitical observation might(…)

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Oct. 22 Public Meeting: The Fate of RI’s Coastal Wetlands

Public meeting focuses on adaptive strategies to aid in the preservation of threatened coastal wetlands What happens to coastal communities as rising seas and coastal flooding gradually submerge our salt marshes – those marshy areas that serve critical ecosystem functions? A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 6 – 8 p.m.(…)

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Donna Chambers: Profile of a Worthy Candidate

Donna Chambers: Profile of a Worthy Candidate

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. She won’t embrace a cause unless she is willing to commit her time and energies to it. She has spent almost 40 years promoting sensible approaches to(…)

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Flu Clinics Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

South County Hospital will be holding three flu clinics in Charlestown Flu Clinic at Town Hall Friday, October 17, 9:30 am to noon The South County Hospital will be holding a flu clinic in the Charlestown Town Hall Chamber. Remember to bring your insurance information to this or other flu clinics. Flu Clinic at St.(…)

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Town Council asks Legislature to permit Town to regulate extraction

The following resolution was passed by the Charlestown Town Council at their October 14th meeting A RESOLUTION RELATIVE TO THE REGULATION OF EARTH REMOVAL, GRAVEL EXTRACTION AND BLASTING WHEREAS, the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown has been besieged with complaints from Bradford area and Charlestown residents concerning quarrying, excavation and earth removal operations(…)

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A Sober Look at Campaign Tactics

The following letter is shared with us by the author Michael Chambers. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Charlestown Zoning Board. Most people are aware of the tactics that campaign managers and strategic researchers use to convince the voter that their candidate is the best choice for the job. After reading this sentence and(…)

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Preview your ballot for the November 4 General Election

Polls are open 7AM to 8PM on Tuesday, November 4 The state prints different ballots for each precinct in Charlestown and there are four polling places in Charlestown for the November 4th election. The ballots are the same for 501 and 502 where the RI Senate race (district 34) is between Cool Rumsey and Morgan.(…)

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Recent Local Newspaper Stories

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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Plenty of questions raised at Chariho superintendent’s forum

Westerly Sun – Published: October 2, 2014 By CYNTHIA DRUMMOND Sun Staff Writer RICHMOND — The Chariho school system’s rollout of a program to provide a laptop computer to each high school student drew the most attention Wednesday night at Superintendent Barry Ricci’s open forum at the Richmond Town Hall. More than a dozen residents(…)

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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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