New group, Tiverton 1st, recommends candidates

TIVERTON — Tiverton 1st, a recently formed non-partisan community organization, announced last Friday the candidates that it will be supporting in the November election. The candidates for Town Council that Tiverton 1st recommends to town voters are: James J. Arruda, Renee DeJesus-Jones, Denise deMedeiros, William P. Gerlach, Brett Nicholas Pelletier, and Edward A. Roderick. Seven individuals from the field of 14 candidates will be elected, and Tiverton 1st recommended For school committee, Tiverton 1st recommends: Sally A. Black, Carol J. Herrmann, and Jerome M. Larkin. Three candidates will be elected from a total field of six. For the budget committee, Tiverton 1st recommends: 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. The organization also recommends John G. (Jay) Edwards for state representative from District 70, and Dennis Canario for state representative from District 71. Candidate questionnaires were developed by Tiverton 1st and sent to all candidates.  Along with the questionnaires, Tiverton 1st members said they considered the candidate's record of community and public service, as well as stated positions on issues affecting the Tiverton community. "The goals and priorities of our organization align well with the vision and position of our recommended slate of candidates" said Linda Larsen, Coordinating Committee member. Tiverton 1st said its goals include "smart economic development, fiscal responsibility and affordability, opposition to Sakonnet Bridge tolls, along with maintaining all necessary community and school services. We believe that in order to achieve these goals, our public servants must serve in an environment of both compromise and respectful discussion. Our recommended candidates demonstrated to Tiverton 1st that they possess the ideas, solutions, and willingness to create the culture necessary to achieve these goals." "We believe strongly that these candidates are the clear choice for voters who want to preserve the quality of life in Tiverton in a fiscally-responsible way," said Tiverton 1st Coordinating Committee Member Brian Medeiros. Tiverton 1st says it is "a non-partisan, grassroots community organization open to all who support preserving our quality of life in Tiverton by maintaining both our community and school services in a fiscally-responsible way, and promoting cooperation, compromise, and community pride." Visit, or visit it at, or search Tiverton 1st on Facebook.


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