Party politics dead in Warren? Council hopefuls sound off

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The following are the full texts of e-mail responses to a question on the importance of party politics and political designations in Warren, posed by the Warren Times this week to Warren Town Council candidates. The answers were abridged in print for brevity, and in keeping with the topic of the question.

Scott Lial (I)

Incumbent

I do not subscribe to the premise that the voters of Warren would be better off voting for any Candidate based on their party affiliation. There are many issues facing this town, ranging from simple to complex in nature. None of these issues would be better served by a following a party's politics. In fact, the majority of citizens reflect this sentiment by choosing to register as unaffiliated. Simply put, they understand that they retain the ultimate power to choose their local government based on the qualities of the individual candidates and their stance on the issues.

Richard Silva (D)

Candidate

The Democrats are a party of unity and work together as a team in the development of all Warren.  In the past, the democrat town council majority has always been business friendly who believe small business contributes to the success of Warren. In addition, the impact to the town is vetted out as part of the diligence process when new issues are presented.  This philosophy continues today and with a majority vote will work together for the betterment of Warren.

Chris Stanley  (R)

Incumbent

Voters will gain huge dividends by casting their ballot for the “Lone Republican” who has worked tirelessly to fulfill the role of a “watchdog.” I have acted judiciously over the years exhibiting strength, determination and common sense. Undoubtedly, it is my record of success, not party affiliation that clearly demonstrates my ability to: listen attentively, compromise, act decisively and provide strong leadership to the council. My only pledge while serve our community is to “do my best.”

Throughout my tenure on the  town  council I fought  hard  to end overspending; demanded an investigation into charter violations and unapproved spending by the town’s administration; worked  to  cut  the  net  cost  of  town  government;  proposed changes to the enabling legislation that govern both the school district and the water authority in an effort to enhance fiscal accountability; voted to relax zoning requirements to accommodate Tom’s Market;  and initiated  the  creation  of  a  downtown walking map. I acted with clarity, resolve and professionalism when leading an effort to bring a fair and immediate end to the crisis caused by a manpower shortage in the police department only a few years ago.

Today, as President, I continue to affirm that the council must provide our community with strong, practical and decisive leadership. As Council President my efforts have focused on Open and Honest Government; Fiscal Responsibility; Providing Quality, Affordable Education; Responsible Preservation of Open Space; and Economic Revitalization. My commitment and immense efforts to unify the council have held the municipal and school budgets in check, re-established professionalism and ensured that council meetings are orderly.

Surely, I will continue to quietly lead and build true consensus. By encouraging creative redevelopment projects such as the kitchen incubator the town will better deal with population density, reduce taxes, create local jobs, restore rundown properties and capitalize on Warren’s unique character. Finally, I will continue to address the extraordinary inequity that exists between Bristol and Warren relative to the school budget. By working collaboratively local leaders we can change the law to ensure that Warren is fairly represented in planning the school budget thereby protecting Warren’s right to financial to self-determination.

Brian Mellor (D)

Candidate

Warren residents are better off voting Democrat because a Democrat  majority would concentrate on a plan of action to develop small businesses, bring in more grant money and create value for residents. Democrats have  two Small Business People on the Town Council. A majority would help them develop ideas that would be good for business. We need a team effort on the town council. The Democratic party is committed to restoring Warren to a viable healthy community by growing Small Businesses and helping  to reduce taxes .Democrats don't have agendas and would create a plan for all of Warren, not just Water street. I'll do my best to represent all of Warren.

Thank You

Cathie Tattrie (D)

Incumbent

I believe that at the municipal level there are very few advantages to being a part of a political party. Long gone are the days when one party could control all aspects of the municipal government. In our town the Charter went a long way towards making sure more and varied voices are heard. Having the Council hire a Town Manager also keeps that office from being a part of a political machine.

That being said, as a Democrat, I feel I have a more direct line to other Democrats holding higher offices both statewide and in Washington. This enables us direct contact for things we need and want for our town. It has enabled us over the years to get money for projects we felt were important to Warren, whether it be improving infrastructure or cleaning up Jamiels park.

Joseph Depasquale (I)

Candidate

As an experienced and effective Independent Town Councilman, I am prepared to represent the people of Warren.  I will continue to respect the Home Rule Charter and the Comprehensive Zoning plan and utilize them as tools to keep our government open and helpful.    We need a proactive council that listens to the needs of the people and plans for the future of Warren.  When I last checked, 64% of all registered voters in Warren were unaffiliated and my loyalties are with the people.  I will continue to appoint the most qualified candidates to our boards and commissions.   The next council will appoint a new Probate Judge, and finalize the Comprehensive Zoning Plan and my decisions will be free of partisan  influence  and manipulation.  I will continue to ask questions and make my decisions based on what is best for our Town free of Party Pressure.  I have never held elected office as the member of a political party and do not see the need at the local level.  There is not a Republican or Democratic Party way to solve our problems.  I pledge my continued support to the dedicated efforts of our Town Boards and Committees, and value highly the experience and guidance they bring to each important issue.  Through our combined efforts and hard work we will achieve our collective goals, knowing Warren is a great place to live.

Davison Bolster (I)

Incumbent

Two years ago, the voters of Warren spoke loud and clear when they elected Independents Scott Lial and myself, and almost elected Brandt Heckert the third Independent, to the Town Council. Voters were tired of the poor representation they were getting from the old Democrat and Republican parties, which seemed to exist just to perpetuate themselves, and not for the betterment of the Town of Warren.

Independent Town Council members can bring new ideas and are not weighed down by baggage of the bygone era of political parties. Today, the difference between the Democrat and Republican members of this Town Council is unnoticeable. They vote together as a block, and commonly vote for board candidates who are politically connected or have served forever, over more qualified candidates. This is not healthy for Warren or any community that wants to make sure their tax dollars are being spent as wisely and efficiently as possible.

David Frerichs (D)

Incumbent

That's a fair question. I honestly believe that people should vote for the candidate that they believe in. We're here to do the job for everyone, and I think today it's not so much about the party. It's about the person that's running.

 

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curiosityscout

Party politics on a small town level is pretty silly, however it would be positive for Warren if the majority of council had a similiar progressive vision for Warren. I consistantly see a vote of two democrats and one republican against the the two independents on board appointments where clearly the candidate with better credentials and more experience in the particular field are passed over for friends and family affiliations. Lets get proactive in this election and vote to move Warren forward.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | Report this
drjacoby

I'm not sure I'd characterize party politics as the main issue here. The real issue is why the two democrats and one republican virtually always side together on votes. If there were true party distinctions in Warren that wouldn't be happening.

I think the real issue may be the establishment vs the non-establishment. It seems the two democrats and one republican represent the old ways of doing things while the two independents on the council do not.

In this article the Council President claims to be a "watchdog" what examples are there of him siding with the two independents over the two democrats? Are there any?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | Report this
RightInRI1

and still no playground at Jamiels Park....I'm sure if the park was located on Water Street or even close to where any these counselors live that would not be the case....certain sections of town have been forgotten & overlooked over the past several years.....deteriorating right before your eyes....shouldn't the whole town have attention paid to it ? Not just the parts you see ? or where your friends & family live ?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 | Report this
curiosityscout

Yes, that area is badly in need of attention. From Malik's liquor to Main St is in bad shape. Roads are bad and sidewalks are worse. We need Trees -trees-trees, it wpuld really soften the streescape and help airquality. I thought a playground was added to Jamiels park and it made it impossible to have a baseball diamond. There was some disscusdion about this at a meeting a few months ago. Contact the planner for an update on the park.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Report this
curiosityscout

In response to Councilman Stanley's comments. The vote for the last zoning board appointment was 4-1 Davison Bolster the only desenting vote. Scott Lial seem to be asking questions about what the protocol is for voting for first and second alternates. Not sure why he caved on that one. In my opinion the positions should go to the most qualified individuals- period.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Report this
curiosityscout

One more comment for Councilmen Stanley, Not sure what special interest groups you are referring to in your statement. Thank you for taking the time to dialog.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | Report this

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