TIVERTON — Tiverton Citizens for Change (TCC) on Saturday, Sept. 22, announced its candidate endorsements for the town council, school committee, and budget committee positions on the ballot in November.
In a release identifying the candidates it supports, TCC President David Nelson said the organization “remains independent and non-partisan, endorsing Democrats, Republicans, and Independents that demonstrate visible commitment to the town’s residents. For endorsement selection we focus on principles of transparency, taxpayers’ rights to good government, and reform.”
For town council, the TCC endorsed five candidates: Jay Lambert, Joan Chabot, Nancy Driggs, David Nelson and Robert Coulter. Seven seats are open. Mr. Nelson said, “These candidates have a clearly demonstrated track record of public service to Tiverton’s residents, and they will continue efforts to drive reform, hold down property taxes, bring sensible business development to the Industrial Park, and insure continued support for the FTR.”
For school committee, the TCC endorsed Justin Katz, Ruth Hollenbach, and Susan Anderson. Three seats are open on the school committee. The TCC said these candidates “represent Tiverton’s best chance to achieved excellence in education through reform, while promising never to cancel extracurricular activity as a means of meeting a budget.”
For the budget committee, the TCC backs Robert Gaw, Madeline O’Dell, Robert Hayden, John Martin and Jeffrey Sroczynski. Six seats are open on the Budget Committee.
In other endorsements, the TCC supported John Perkins for State Assembly Dist. 70 and Chris Ottiano for State Senate Dist. 11.
In arriving at its endorsements, Mr. Nelson said the TCC “followed a similar approach as in years past, beginning with letters sent to every candidate running for local office, and for State Assembly, District 70 (the only contested state seat). We considered responses to those requests as well as public service experience, voting record and public statements, skills and strengths, and commitment to personal integrity and respect.”
“We are proud of our endorsement record (over 90 percent elected),” he said, “because it means voters have come to trust our message and our leadership team. It is important to note that TCC encourages all citizens to participate in local government, elected or volunteer, of any political party, because it makes us all stronger to have a healthy, professional debate about Tiverton’s future.”
“TCC’s core principles of good government focused on transparency and fiscal responsibility have not changed. These candidates running for election or re-election are highly talented and skilled members of our community genuinely dedicated to improving Tiverton’s future for all Tivertonians. We are committed to making our government work for you, and not the other way around,” the TCC added.