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Tiverton Democratic Town Committee Endorses 2012 Candidates

The Tiverton Democratic Town Committee endorses 2012 candidates.

At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) voted to support 15 candidates for Town Council, School Committee and Budget Committee in the November elections.

TheTDTC slate includes Democrats, Independents and Republicans; individuals with long histories of public service and newcomers; a broad spectrum of age groups; individuals born in Tiverton and those not born here but, who have chosen Tiverton to be their home and want Tiverton to be successful.

TDTC Supported Candidates for Town Council are: James J. Arruda, Renee DeJesus-Jones, Denise deMedeiros, William P. Gerlach, Brett Nicholas Pelletier and Edward A. Roderick. In this race, all seven council seats are open and the TDTC voted to endorse six candidates.

TDTC Supported Candidates for School Committee are: Sally A. Black, Carol J. Herrmann and Jerome M.Larkin. Three seats are open on the School Committee.

TDTC Supported Candidates for Budget Committee are: Joseph F. Bento III, Alexander J. Cote, Laura L. Epke, Mark R. Larsen, Joshua A. Mello, and David Perry.

Six seats are open on the Budget Committee.

In other local races that are unopposed, the TDTC voted previously to support the following candidates:  Nancy L. Mello for Town Clerk and Richard P. D’Addario for Judge of Probate Court.

“Our interview and selection process allowed usto understand how each candidate sees his or her role if elected and how they view the purpose of local government," said committee Chairman Michael Burk. "It let us see which candidates, if elected, are willing and able to work collaboratively with their colleagues, an essential character trait for us.”

The TDTC went into the selection process with a simple goal: to work with folks from across the town and across interest areas in order to field a slate of candidates who share the TDTC’s vision for Tiverton. This vision is one which takes a balanced approach to supporting public services and public education while working to improve revenue streams through sound business development and fair taxation policies, including finding better ways to ensure appropriate avenues of relief for homeowners on small, fixed incomes.

Before choosing who to support in local competitive races, the TDTC Nominating Committee offered interviews to every candidate for Town Council, School Committee and Budget Committee. Ten Town Council candidates, four School Committee candidates and eight Budget Committee candidates chose to be interviewed.

Candidates who did not wish to be interviewed were not considered. The Nominating Committee made recommendations to the full membership of the TDTC who discussed and voted on the final slate to support. Each selected candidate then confirmed that they accepted the TDTC support before the slate was finalized.

“We are proud of the slate we have agreed to support”, said Chairman Mike Burk. “We believe these candidates most closely align with our values and beliefs.”

“On Nov. 6, we encourage voters to elect candidates who are willing to work collaboratively, who truly are willing to be transparent in their deliberations and decision making, who are willing to listen to diverse opinions and who treat each other and those who come before them withthe respect they deserve," said Burk. "We believe these candidates will meet these goals and will put aside personal agendas and make decisions based on what is best for Tiverton.”

The Tiverton Democratic Town Committee believes in a community based and inclusive approach to government. The TDTC supporst and promotes healthy discussion around important issues facing the community and to that end invite all to share their thoughts, ideas, and needs as a community with them at info_requests@democrats02878.org.

For More Information Contact: Mike Burk, TDTC Chairman, at burkmike@verizon.net, or call 401-527-2692

KSilvia September 18, 2012 at 04:44 PM
"This vision is one which takes a balanced approach to supporting public services and public education while working to improve revenue streams through sound business development and fair taxation policies, including finding better ways to ensure appropriate avenues of relief for homeowners on small, fixed incomes." Good vision for the town, but I am looking forward to reading and hearing more from the candidates. I understand Newport Daily News will be hosting a forum and several candidate nights are being planned by various groups.
Just Another Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Yeah, the TCC is such a group. The alternate budget that Mr. Nelson proposed for the FTR would have increased municipal spending by 4.3%. I think you should speak to the leader of the TCC(Nelson), Mr. Coulter(heir apparent), Mrs. Chabot, and Mr. Lambert since they all supported the Nelson Budget
Tom September 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
buurrrrp. . . . tolls. . . . burrppp. . . . rerick. . . . . burrrp. . . . gansett. . . . . burrrp. . vote the person. .
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Ksilvia. I ask questions other folks would like to know, don't answer if you like, thats a good way to run for office Mr Arruda so then are you a member of t1 or curb
KSilvia September 18, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I encourage all candidates to answer legitimate questions. Simply ignoring trolls who bait you on an on-line forum is not going to cost you the election,
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
And what ilegitimate question has been asked K Sivia, to ask someone if they are a member of any pac or other commitee is a good question , If you wish to duck just say no comment, don't change the subject! Acting like the question isn't real fails voters
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
So then what is CURB or T1, no members no help , what ? answers around here are like unicorns always talked about, never seen
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
wait whats the TDTC?
Just Another Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 05:15 PM
They are a political party not a political action committee.
Just Another Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
The TCC is the only PAC that is supporting candidates
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Well MR Aruuda do you belong to T! or CURB, , , yes, no
Linda Larsen September 18, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Jim L. Thank You for asking. Tiverton 1st will be recommending candidates for the upcoming election. Candidate questionnaires were recently mailed to all 34 candidates running for local office along with the 2 candidates running for RI State Representative - District 70. We look forward to receiving their responses. We also want to thank all of the candidates for their time, their consideration of Tiverton 1st, and for stepping forward to take on such a vital and challenging role supporting our community.
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Thank you for both the reply and the civil tone Ms Larson I will say that i find some of the TDTC canidates interesting, and look forward to their answwrs
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
But i still wish Mr Arruda to answer me
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Big manny i make no accusations i speak of fact let Mr Foire post his reply and then we shall see
Just Another Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
You probably will not get to see their written responses. This is a common practice held by organizations that give out endorsements, including the TCC.
Just Another Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
He did in earlier post. He doesn't need to repeat himself.
Just Another Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Once again you are not making any sense! What in the world are you rambling about now?
Just Another Taxpayer September 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Residents are still waiting to hear from your ghostwriter(Mr. Nelson) as to why he felt it was okay to approve $58,000 for a sewer study and another $18,000 for a pump out boat both of which were rejected by the Budget Committee and by residents at the FTR Hearing.
Tom September 18, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Buuurrrrrp
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Asked but still not answered by Mr Arruda, why is that, he he running by commitee, everyone else answers
Tom September 18, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Still burping.
Joe Sousa. September 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I didn't seek endorsements and I'm not excepting campaign funds. Joe Sousa independent candidate for Town Council . For the people! .
Joe Sousa. September 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
As a candidate I think it is important to answer questions of any one who posts on this site. As long as it's a legitimate question about the town. .
Joe Sousa. September 18, 2012 at 09:25 PM
1 I'm not running for School Com. I'm running for Town Council 2 I served my country to protect free speech .
Joe Sousa. September 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
As a candidate I think it is important to answer questions of any one who posts on this site. As long as it's a legitimate question about the town. .
Jim L September 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Dear big manny ! it's time to put on the big boy pants and stand up for what you believe in with your own name I didn't plagliare anything I signed my name to a letter I agree with 100%, and with my true name, so as we roll up to electing real folks with real names who will answer questions or who won't, well sorry Tom?Bd JAT Big Manny Brian medorius fake name, but you are all dismissed Mr James Arruda i hate to ask again but do you belong to curb or not? do you hold with their members? You chose to run! do you chose to answer? or is this a high scholl dateing site? only freinds allowed?
Renee Cwiek September 19, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Just a thought.....maybe he's hasn't been back online? I know... it's a silly thought.
James Arruda September 19, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Hello Mr. Lipe, I have already answered that question in the posts under my patch profile. You asked me that same question and I did answer it. I am sorry if you didn't see that response, but you should be able to look back on that page and see it. Jim Arruda
Louis Cypher September 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM
ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT LIKE NANCY MELLO?

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