To the editor:
On Nov. 6, Tiverton voters have a clear choice in local races. We can vote for individuals supported by the Tiverton Citizens for Change (TCC) who will continue the TCC’s divisiveness, make decisions affecting us behind closed doors, spend tens of thousands of our tax dollars on lawsuits supporting their personal agendas and support budgets based on ghost revenues and personal agendas.
Or, we can choose to elect the candidates supported by the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) — a slate of candidates from all political persuasions who take a balanced approach to supporting public services and public education while working to improve revenue streams through sound business development and fair tax policies, who work collaboratively, who truly are transparent in their deliberations and decision making, who listen to diverse opinions and who treat each other and those who come before them with the respect they deserve.
If you want Tiverton to be run by a group that puts personal agendas before the public good and that spends a lot of time talking but accomplishing nothing while wasting our money in lawsuits, then you should vote for the candidates supported by the TCC. If you want Tiverton to move forward with a focus on finding long-term solutions to the critical issues facing us, ensuring we have effective public services and continuing to build strong public schools, then vote with me for the TDTC slate of candidates.
As my parents taught me, if you fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Don’t let the TCC fool you twice – their campaign rhetoric has never been supported by their actions.
On Nov. 6, please vote for the following TDTC-supported candidates for local Tiverton offices and for seats in the State House of Representatives and State Senate:
- Town Council: James Arruda, Renee DeJesus-Jones, Denise deMedeiros, William Gerlach, Brett Pelletier and Edward Roderick
- School Committee: Sally Black, Carol Herrmann and Jerome Larkin.
- Budget Committee: Joseph Bento, Alexander Cote, Laura Epke, Mark Larsen, Joshua Mello and David Perry.
- Town Clerk: Nancy Mello
- Judge of Probate Court: Richard D’Addario
- RI House of Representatives: District 70 – John “Jay” Edwards; District 71 – Dennis Canario
- RI State Senate: District 10 – Walter Felag, Jr.; District 12 – Louis DiPalma
I also ask that you vote to re-elect David Cicilline for the U.S. House Of Representatives, First Congressional District, and Sheldon Whitehouse for the U.S. Senate. Putting David and Sheldon back in Washington will ensure Rhode Island continues to have strong leaders with clear visions and strong voices to carry our country forward on the path to economic recovery.
Chairman, Tiverton Democratic Town Committee