Looking back over the past one hundred days, I am amazed that there were so few lessons learned by the local Democratic Town Committee and its spokespeople. How can a group so completely miss the message sent by the electorate of Charlestown last November?
The year 2012 was one of collaboration in Charlestown. Volunteers, town staff, and elected officials worked in concert to create public policy in the best interest of all Charlestown residents.
We, the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) endorsed candidates who ran for office, thank you for your support on November 6. We pledge to honor the principles detailed in our platform and look forward to working with all residents.
The new Town Council is complete. Tom Gentz is President; Paula Andersen is Vice President, with Dan Slattery, George Tremblay, and Lisa DiBello filling out the council seats.
The Charlestown Citizens Alliance endorsed candidates won big on Tuesday night.
CCA endorsed candidates winning seats on the Town Council – Tom Gentz, Dan Slattery and George Tremblay
CCA endorsed candidates winning seats on the Planning Commission – Ruth Platner, Jan Knost, Gordon Foer and Connie Baker
Be an engaged voter. Advise your friends and neighbors that the ballot they are marking for President also includes local races that include independents. Encourage everyone you know to vote deliberately for each office and candidate, and not lose their independence by voting with the master lever.
It’s always simpler to do things the “easy” way rather than the “right” way. Had Ms. Felaco taken the time to check the records, she would have had the “right” facts rather than submitting her fictitious account of these issues.
The following letter appeared in the Westerly Sun and is printed here with the permission of the author ————————————– What could be funnier than James Mageau kvetching about open meetings violations? Anyone with even a short memory can recall the time when he hired both a solicitor and an administrator for the town at an […]
On November 6, Charlestown residents will go to the polls to vote for Planning Commission candidates. We ask that you consider how you envision the future development of Charlestown to protect our fragile natural resources.
As voters we not only want to support the candidate that we feel can and will do an exceptional job in public service, but also candidates that will work together for our benefit. As voters, we are like general managers pulling together a team with leadership and good chemistry that understand their roles in attaining our goals.
The Charlestown Democratic Town Committee has given the town a window into its style of politics — and it’s disturbing and ominous. On Nov. 6, take a stand against bully politics in Charlestown. Vote against the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee’s chosen slate of Democratic town candidates.
If you remember how unfortunate the people of Charlestown were under the Mageau regime, consider how the citizens of this town will fare when Mageau and Collette combine forces. Where have these people been over the last two years? They certainly did nothing to improve this town but worked diligently to give Charlestown a black eye.
Shortly we will test the proposition of whether you can beat something with nothing. The CCA candidates and Lisa DeBello have a record. As incumbents they have spoken, written letters, accomplished things for the town. Taxes are low; schools are good; roads are decent; Ninigret Park is developing in an orderly way; industrial wind turbines to this point have been defeated. We have town employees that are second to none in their dedication and effectiveness. The Town Hall is a pleasant stop for all one’s needs. Affordable and elderly housing is increasing; the community is safe for children and elders.
Candidate Ferrio’s blog and his Democrat colleagues are long on words, and short on ideas. If you want more than that for your town government, vote CCA.
There is a saying – “If they do it once, they will do it twice; if they do it to me, they will do it to you.” I have seen the members of the CDTC write outright lies about several people and make unsubstantiated claims against residents of this town. They have no respect for their neighbors and no stomach for discourse. Ruth pointed out a few instances that affected her personally. I know there are more people in town that can add to her arguments.
Please consider a “Yes” vote for State question number 6 on the November ballot. Question 6 contains funding for farmland preservation. We need to work harder on both the state and local level to support agriculture. Our farms are important to our economy, environment, and community character.
What would make the citizen’s of Charlestown believe that the members of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee would change their ways and put the citizens of Charlestown first? This is a question that should be asked by each voter as the election approaches.
Members of the Charlestown Citizens Alliance are not only devoted to local issues, but they are also dedicated to each individual member of the alliance. They participate in whatever affects the quality of life in Charlestown. They engage in conversation with the residents passing on information and asking questions of the residents so that they may better serve the town and consider the most effective actions to benefit the long-term health of this town.
In past elections, Charlestown has had seven different polling places, this year there are only four. There are a couple of ways to find out which polling place you should go to. The polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday November 6. Please note the polls are closing one hour earlier than past years. And when you go to vote, please support the CCA endorsed candidates:
This is an important election—it is a choice to continue with an open, transparent and accountable government that treats residents with civility and respect. The Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) four member Town Council slate is proud of the accomplishments of the CCA incumbents, Council President Tom Gentz and Vice President Dan Slattery.
I do think that one of the differences among all the candidates is that the only group to ask the voters what they think is CCA. The others tell you what they think.
What would the cost to the taxpayers be for treet lamps, sidewalks, garbage pickup and disposal, public transportation, and town water and sewage?
Let’s just smile and be content in the knowledge politics makes strange bedfellows and that alone each is too weak to do any damage to this town, but together they may get the unsuspecting, uninformed voter to listen. This is why I think this league of the worst in the town finds it necessary to attack the best in this town.
I have spent some time recently going over the events of the past two years. I wanted to get the full picture of what the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) has offered on behalf of the entire town, the business community, and the public servants.
Publications of some members and candidates of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee, along with Town Council candidate James Mageau have said we don’t need to keep Attorney Larisa or continue to oppose changes in Federal laws that would allow casino development in Charlestown. When this group last had a majority on the Town Council from 1990 to 1992 they came out in support of gambling in Charlestown.
We are fast approaching election day, and we have to be extra cautious about separating fact from fiction as candidates, with only one thing on their mind, seek your vote. Beware of unsubstantiated claims.
Another two weeks have passed and voters know no more today about the CDTC platform than they did in late June when the local politicians declared their candidacies. As a matter of fact, the only explanation of platform statements is provided by the Charlestown Citizens Alliance. I have seen nothing from the local Democratic party, the James Mageau group, or the Greg Avedisian campaign.
Tuesday, September 11 is the Rhode Island Primary Election. If you want to know where to vote, go to the Secretary of State’s web site at https://sos.ri.gov/vic/ , enter your name, date of birth, and zip code and you’ll be taken to a page with your voting districts and your polling place for the primary.
Your reporter may have unwittingly exposed the fundamental flaw in the Affordable Housing Law, namely, that it is deceptive, misleading, and so poorly understood that I expect it would be rejected in a heartbeat by a better informed public.
So another week goes by, seven days less for the voters to review and compare the objectives of both groups. Maybe the CDTC will sneak an explanation in a few days before the election. I once said that I doubted they would but how embarrassing it would be for a political party to hide an explanation of their goals.