The 2016 Local Election in Charlestown
Thank You Charlestown for Electing Each of These Outstanding Candidates!
These independent candidates are not affiliated with any political party. What they share in common is a dedication to civil and open government, and a passion for preserving and protecting those assets that make Charlestown such a unique and treasured place to live.
Town Council (click on candidate’s name or picture to read full profile)
Virginia, a current member of the Town Council, is a nationally recognized coastal planner with a Masters of Science in Oceanography. Retired from the Coastal Resources Center at URI, she is an expert on our salt ponds and the coastal effects of climate change. She brings years of experience developing public policy for protecting the natural environment and community character. A resident of South County since the 1970s, she moved to Charlestown seven years ago.
Julie graduated from URI with a degree in English, and studied Law at Boston College, but ultimately left to pursue a career in banking and finance where she rose to a senior executive position at Bank of America. Upon retirement, she chose to make Charlestown her full time home and quickly got involved in protecting Charlestown’s natural and cultural character. She would like to bring that commitment to our town’s character along with her impressive management skills to a seat on the Town Council.
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.
Denise, a 12 year resident of Charlestown, and a a two year veteran of the Town Council, is retired from a career in the banking and finance industry, where she worked as a mortgage underwriter, loan review officer, and senior credit analyst. She brings an experienced voice for Charlestown’s environment and the health and safety of our citizens adversely impacted by the intense quarry operation in Westerly on the Charlestown border, where she lives.
Elected to the Town Council in 2014, Bonnie is committed to responsible leadership that represents all citizens. Preserving our rural lifestyle, with its low taxes, and protecting our natural resources, including our dark sky, are her priorities. Bonnie has lived full time in Charlestown for 10 years. She is a past director and treasurer of the nonprofit that operates the Frosty Drew Nature Center and Observatory. Bonnie has a BA in economics from Wellesley College and works in book publishing.
Planning Commission (click on name or picture to read full profile)
Frances is a Natural Science Illustrator, fine artist, educator and naturalist. She has both a Bachelor of Science in Geography with Botany and Zoology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has served on the Charlestown Planning Commission for two years where she has demonstrated her work ethic, eloquent writing skills, and impressive knowledge of the local environment. Frances is a past member of the Conservation Commission and volunteers for the RI Wild Plant Society and other groups and has lived here for 14 years.
Erin has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theater from Bates College and works as a Special Education Paraprofessional in the Stonington School District. Erin raised her three sons on Watchaug Pond and decided to return to Charlestown in 2009. Erin feels strongly that residents like herself, who cherish our town, should step forward and try to make a difference and do what they can to protect and preserve it. Erin is taking action on that belief with a run for the Planning Commission.
Lew is a Veterinarian who recently retired from active practice after providing care to local animals at his Old Post Road office for 23 years. Dr. Johnson previously served on the Charlestown Planning Commission from 2004 to 2010 where he was an advocate for Charlestown’s natural and cultural character. Lew has degrees in Psychology and Veterinary Medicine from the Universities of Virginia and Peruga and has lived in Charlestown since 1991.
Sherry currently serves on the Planning Commission and was previously elected and served from 2002 to 2006. She has also previously served as a member of the Charlestown Conservation Commission. She has one Masters degree in Adult Education and a second concentrated in Outdoor Recreation. Her education provides an excellent background for guiding the Planning Commission in the current revision of Charlestown’s Comprehensive Plan. Sherry has lived in Charlestown since 1993.
Chariho School Committee
Steve has a BS in Business Management. He is Vice President of Sales at Quest Resource Management Group, a sustainability focused company. Steve has served on the Chariho Regional School Committee the last 4 years and looks forward to continuing to put in the hard work and long hours that are necessary to transform Chariho into the best public school system in Rhode Island. Steve has lived in Charlestown since 1999.
Leo was elected Moderator in 2014 and he has demonstrated the calm temperament and integrity needed to be an excellent Moderator. He is fair, clear, organized, informed, and inclusive. Leo has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA and is retired from Pratt & Whitney. He has lived in Charlestown full-time since 2000.
On November 8th, please vote for these Candidates for Charlestown Local Offices
CCA is committed to an election outcome that produces public officials who will work in the interest of the majority of Charlestown’s citizens.
Good government requires an INFORMED electorate. To that end, Charlestown Citizens Alliance will endorse and support qualified elected officers who endorse our group’s five major issues—responsive, open government; preserving the natural environment; responsible development; anti-casino gambling in Charlestown; and fiscal responsibility.
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