The new Charlestown Town Council was sworn in on November 28, 2016. The ceremony consisted of Presentation of Colors by the Charlestown Police Color Guard, an Invocation by the Reverend Jan Vickory Knost, Opening Remarks by Representative Blake Filippi and Administration of the Oath of Office also by Blake Filippi. The newly elected Town Council […]
2016 Election News and Blog Posts
These vote totals now include the numbers from mail ballots for local offices and ballot questions. Also some interesting differences between the way Charlestown voted on the casino and affordable housing questions from voters statewide.
When you enter the voting booth on November 8, please vote for the candidates pictured on the sample ballot and highlighted in yellow. They will protect our quality of life, our low tax rate, and our beautiful environment, from the shore of the Atlantic ocean to the villages along the Pawcatuck River. Print the image or keep it on your phone and take it into the voting booth with you to make voting easy!
It is important to elect independent Town Councilors who will put the interest of the town, its tax rate, and its environment first. These Independent Town Council candidates are committed to our environment and rural character. They understand the connection between protection of our natural resources and our low tax rate.
The political season is often called the “silly season” with good reason. One of the silliest claims being made by a local political party is that the Independent candidates on the Charlestown ballot don’t understand climate change or the importance of the Coastal Ponds.
I find that my quality of daily life in Charlestown is most affected by the type of candidates we elect to local office. These candidates have succeeded in public office because they produce public policies that work for the majority of Charlestown residents and focus on the general well being of the public.
All three Town Councils voted unanimously in favor of the R.Y.S.E. School building project. Each Chariho town must approve the R.Y.S.E. School building project or Chariho will have to replace the existing trailers with new ones at a large financial cost to Chariho taxpayers.
Please vote “Yes” on the R.Y.S.E. School building project on November 8, 2016.
This abbreviated record of achievements illustrates the work and dedication toward fiscal responsibility, civic pride, and environmental consciousness you can expect from CCA candidates for Town Council. Incumbent CCA candidates Virginia Lee, Denise Rhodes, and Bonnie Van Slyke, were instrumental in creating this record, and are seeking re-election. New candidates Julie Carroccia and Steve Williams attended most of the meetings of the current town council, and are well versed in its proceedings and obligations. As an outgoing town councilor, I thank you for the privilege of serving, and urge you to vote for my dedicated CCA colleagues.
In our door to door campaign this fall of talking and listening to voters we have heard consistently that residents feel that the current Town Council and Planning Commission’s goals of preserving the character, the resources and the way of life is what the majority want with little major change. Although we may be of different political parties for Charlestown we are Independents because we all share a common vision for the town. Politics is not the issue, the good of Charlestown is the driver.
The only “interest” that the alliance has is to protect Charlestown’s natural resources and low tax rate, to promote honest and transparent government, and to prevent unregulated development. Charlestown is indeed a very special place and it deserves our special interest.
Independent Charlestown Town Council candidates Steve Williams, Bonnie Van Slyke, Denise Rhodes, Virginia Lee, and Julie Carroccia share this same interest in Charlestown.
I have known one of those candidates, Steve Williams, for almost 20 years. Steve’s considerable experience in the military and the business arena, as well as his educational background, are unparalleled. Equally important, however, is Steve’s practical, common-sense approach to tackling the issues that face a small town like Charlestown.
From my six-year tenure as the Charlestown Town Council president, I know management experience is needed to run the town effectively and that the policy setting group must balance what stakeholders want and the budget approved. I appreciate the diverse skills brought to the council by all members but ask that voters consider the newcomers as valued added assets to the group.
We believe that sound fiscal management, responsible economic development, wise stewardship of our natural resources, and accountable, ethical leadership are essential to sustaining the vitality of our town. To accomplish this, CCA has endorsed these Independent candidates for Town Council.
Denise lives a stone’s throw from the Westerly Granite/Copar Quarry, the reactivated operation that has had such a negative impact on its neighbors. The negative impacts of the quarry were the catalyst that sparked Denise’s activism and her successful 2014 run for Town Council, but it is her knowledge of how easily change can come to our beautiful community when we don’t have local control that makes her an insightful and experienced Town Councilor.
You can read all about Denise at her candidate profile.
Mr. Malin repeatedly claims Charlestown to have banned wind power, and he campaigns to lift the ban. I write to refute his claim, and set the record straight. It was a very public process, and the moratorium was lifted when the ordinance was adopted five years ago on Nov 14, 2011.
We urge your support of Ballot Questions 6, 8, and 9, which have a direct impact on Charlestown
State Question 6, the “Green Economy Bond”
Local Question 8 will allow more time and maximum voter input to make financial decisions
Passage of Local Question 9, the “Reaching Youth through Support and Education” School Building Project
Steve served in Vietnam as a Marine. He has a BS in Math and an MBA. Steve’s childhood years were spent in Charlestown while his father was in Naval Aviation stationed at Charlestown and Quonset Point. Though Steve’s career took his family overseas to live in Scandinavia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, he has never lost touch with Charlestown and at retirement he chose to return here full time. Steve wants to see Charlestown continue to preserve its rural character and charm.
You can read all about Steve at his candidate profile.
The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author Faith LaBossiere. Faith LaBossiere is a member of the Bicycle Pathway Ad Hoc Committee . Charlestown’s Bicycle Pathway Ad Hoc Committee is excited to report the Multiuse Pathway in Ninigret Park is under construction and should be available by […]
An investment that benefits you and the economy by protecting Rhode Island’s special places and farmland, creating world-class parks and bikeways, preventing stormwater pollution of water resources, and helping clean up polluted properties for safe and prosperous development. These funds have a proven track record of success in boosting the state’s economic interests while maximizing the value of Rhode Island’s natural resources.
Your Mail Ballot Application must be received by the Charlestown board of canvassers not later than 4 p.m. on October 18, 2016. Here is a link to the Mail Ballot Application from the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Ofiice. Download the above application or call the Charlestown board of canvassers to request one at 401- […]
We Urge Passage of Local Question 9
The “Reaching Youth through Support and Education” (R.Y.S.E.) School Building Project, will provide the three Chariho towns with a $5.2 million building for $2.03 million, through a state subsidy. This new permanent structure would provide state-of-the-art facilities to replace derelict trailers. Rejection of the question would require renewal of the rental contract for trailers and would cost as much over time as the new building without providing adequate facilities.
Did you know that Town Councilor Bonnie Van Slyke served as chair of a zoning board, or that she was a Board Member of a land trust, or that she is a past director and treasurer of the Frosty Drew Memorial Fund, the educational nonprofit that operates the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory in Ninigret Park, or that she is a Wellesley graduate with a degree in Economics? There’s lots more about Bonnie at her candidate profile.
“When push comes to shove, we have to protect the natural resources we have,” she said. “Our clean water to drink depends on it, our clean air, protecting agricultural lands to sustain our community and make us resilient — all these things are critical components of any community, not only for visitors coming in, but for ourselves.”
Julie is a URI graduate who went on to study Law and eventually rose to a senior executive position at Bank of America where at times she had a staff of greater than 100 people. We think her education and impressive management skills will be an asset to the Town Council. You can read all about Julie at her candidate profile.
Did you know that Town Councilor Virginia Lee is a leading expert on South County’s Coastal Ponds? Or that she co-authored a report on the effects of climate change on Rhode Island’s coasts? Or that she holds a Masters of Science in Oceanography? You can learn lots more about Virginia at her candidate profile.
Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci captured the hearts and minds of Charlestown residents at his annual open forum in Town Hall and began by explaining the November 8th Referendum on the R.Y.S.E. (Reaching Youth through Support and Education) School Building Project. Unlike the annual school budget approved by a majority of voters among the three towns, […]
Polls are open 7AM to 8PM on Tuesday, November 8 The state prints different ballots for each precinct in Charlestown and there are four polling places in Charlestown for the November 8th election. The ballots are the same for precincts 501 and 502 where the RI Senate race (district 34) is between Elaine Morgan and […]
What: Open Forum with the Superintendent of Schools – questions, feedback, and special presentation on the RYSE building project
When: Monday, September 26, at 6:30 PM
Where: Charlestown Town Hall
Why: A referendum to fund the R.Y.S.E building will be on the November 8 ballot in Charlestown, Hopkinton, and Richmond
These candidates will bring education, experience, science, and a commitment to conservation to the elected Planning Commission. Our candidates are unopposed, but the number of votes they recieve does make a difference. The top two vote getters will serve as full voting members. The next two vote getters will be elected as alternates. Alternates participate fully in all Planning Commission discussions and vote in the absence of a full voting member.
The following letter appeared in local newspapers and is shared with us here by the author George C. Tremblay. Mr. Tremblay is a member of the Charlestown Town Council. On Nov. 8, Charlestown residents will be asked to approve a charter change that would require all citizens’ initiatives that entail bonded indebtedness be put before […]
On November 8, Please Vote “YES” on Question 8, the Charter Amendment, the 1st Local Question on the Ballot
Please support the proposed Charter change for any citizen’s financial petition that involves bonding authorization (one which imposes a long-term future tax increase), to be submitted to town voters at a general election. This will allow time for prior due diligence, public input, and the largest possible voter awareness and participation.
Read detailed explanation in the post.
If you are not registered to vote, or have recently moved to Charlestown and you are registered in another community, you need to register by October 9 to vote in the General Election in Charlestown. You can register at Town Hall, you can mail in a registration, or you can register online at the RI […]
In early spring we made a call for candidates. Eleven of you stepped forward to declare your willingness to run for local office. Those eleven individuals are now busy running for election and introducing themselves to the voters of Charlestown. While they are hard at work, there are one or more ways you can lend […]
To help you get to know these candidates, we have created a biography for each candidate, with information about their education, professional experience, public service, and their motivation to volunteer for Town Council. The short introductions in the post are linked to these full biographies.
Thank you to everyone who gave up a part of the beautiful weekend last week to visit us at the Quonnie Grange and sign 11 different nomination papers for the Charlestown candidates we are supporting this election. We collected 1,157 total signatures for the 11 candidates! We surpassed the requirement of a total of 550 […]
This is Rain or Shine. We have rented the Grange for both afternoons. If it rains, we will be indoors.
Please join us either this Saturday or Sunday, anytime from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., July 9 or 10, at the Quonnie Grange and help CCA endorsed candidates get on the November ballot. We will be there both days! (State Representative Blake Filippi will join us on Saturday, read post for details)
Read the post for pictures and profiles.
To stay informed about the 2016 election, sign up for our e-mail list. The following people have declared for elected office in Charlestown: Town Council (vote for 5) Julie A. Carroccia (endorsed by CCA) Virginia Lee (endorsed by CCA) Denise L. Rhodes (endorsed by CCA) Bonnita B. Van Slyke (endorsed by CCA) Steven J. Williams […]
Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) President Virginia Wootten is pleased to announce the names of their outstanding candidates for the 2016 election. She noted that the steering committee worked to recruit talented individuals who embody CCA’s guiding principles of civility, inclusiveness, and consensus. They are individuals with the skills and dedication to do what’s right for […]
June 23, 2016 09:07PM By Cynthia Drummond Sun staff writer WESTERLY — Blake Filippi, an independent representing the 36th District, announced Tuesday that he will run for a second term in the House of Representatives in November. Filippi was a political newcomer when he was elected as the lone independent in the Rhode Island General […]