Political circles in Tiverton know of Charles M. Moran, Jr. and his years of service to the town. For that, he was honored earlier this week with a surprise honorary dinner at , which included a glorious cake in his name.
"I'm still dazed by it," Moran said on the phone Thursday. "I was quite overwhelmed. It was amazing, beyond belief."
Moran served as chairman of the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee (DTC) from 1995 until its reorganization in 2011. Prior to that, he served as its treasurer, on the Planning Board for a quarter century as well as many other ad hoc boards and commissions in town. In Rhode Island political circles, Moran said his eight terms as DTC chairman may in fact be the longest held.
Committee member Sally Black said the dinner was a huge "thank you" to Moran and all his municipal dedication. She said her first door-to-door campaign was with him in the early 1970s.
Other attendees to the party were Moran's wife Barbara and son Brian, as well as many friends from the area. Rep. John Edwards (D-Tiverton, Portsmouth), Sen. Walter Felag (D-Bristol, Tiverton, Warren) and Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton). Ed Pacheco, chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, also attended.