Tiverton 1st: Moving forward together

To the editor:
Our parents always told us that actions speak louder than words. It’s become clear to many in Tiverton that the importance of cooperation, compromise, and community pride in town government has somehow become lost on some, based on their words and actions. Tiverton residents, you have an opportunity to be actively engaged in shaping the future of your community, and to be the voice for the change that you are seeking.

Tiverton 1st is a non-partisan grassroots community group that is dedicated to promoting a positive community-based vision for Tiverton. We support preserving our quality of life by maintaining both our community and school services in a fiscally-responsible way. We are also committed to promoting cooperation, compromise, and community pride.

It was our pleasure to welcome over 60 community members at the Tiverton 1st launch meeting on September 9. The input that we received from those in attendance, along with those that were not able to attend, has led to the continued molding of the mission, vision, and structure of Tiverton 1st. Yes that’s right, Tiverton 1st is being built by, and with the input of, its members. Through this feedback, we were then able to develop candidate questionnaires that were recently mailed to all 34 candidates seeking election this November.

Our questions focused on the issues, principals, and values that are the priorities of Tiverton 1st. Topics included were: expanding our tax base, improving communication, balancing containing costs and taxes, Sakonnet Bridge tolls, supporting a budget that is responsible for all of Tiverton, and the primary role of the position they seek. In order to receive a recommendation from Tiverton 1st, candidates will have to demonstrate through their responses, along with consideration of their prior public or community service, and any stated positions made on issues affecting the Tiverton community, that they embody and embrace the principals of Tiverton 1st and have the vision necessary to move Tiverton forward together.

We will be hosting our first community event at Sandywoods Center for the Arts on Friday, September 28 from 7-10 p.m. featuring Gary Farias, Christopher James Farias, Ryan Connerary, and Justin Marra. Tickets are $10 at the door, and proceeds benefit Tiverton 1st. Come out and enjoy some exceptional entertainment and celebrate our community. Tiverton 1st will also be announcing our candidate recommendations that evening.

To obtain more information about Tiverton 1st, contact us either at Tiverton1st@cox.net, on Facebook at Tiverton 1st, on our blog at www.Tiverton1st.blogspot.com, or spend time with us on September 28. We request your input and we encourage your involvement. Step up Tiverton. Together, we can positively move our community forward!

Linda Larsen

Tiverton 1st Coordinating Committee member

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