TIVERTON — At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) voted to support candidates for the town council, school committee, and budget committee in the November elections.
The candidates supported, TDTC Chairman Mike Burk said in a release, "include Democrats, Independents and Republicans; individuals with long histories of public service and newcomers; a broad spectrum of age groups; individuals born in Tiverton and those not born here but, who have chosen Tiverton to be their home and want Tiverton to be successful."
Candidates for town council the TDTC voted to support are: James J. Arruda, Renee DeJesus-Jones, Denise deMedeiros, William P. Gerlach, Brett Nicholas Pelletier and Edward A. Roderick. All seven council seats are open and the TDTC voted to endorse six candidates.
School committee candidates the TDTC voted to support are: Sally A. Black, Carol J. Herrmann and Jerome M. Larkin. Three seats are open on the school committee.
The TDTC-supported candidates for budget committee are: 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.
In other local races that are unopposed, the TDTC had voted previously to support the following candidates: Nancy L. Mello for Town Clerk and Richard P. D’Addario for Judge of Probate Court.
“We are proud of the slate we have agreed to support," said Mr. Burk. “We believe these candidates most closely align with our values and beliefs.”
"Before choosing who to support in local competitive races, the TDTC Nominating Committee offered interviews to every candidate," Mr. Burk said. "Ten council candidates, four school committee candidates, and eight budget committee candidates chose to be interviewed. Candidates who did not wish to be interviewed were not considered."
Following the interviews, the nominating committee made recommendations to the full membership of the TDTC which discussed and voted on the final slate to support, he said. "Each selected candidate then confirmed that they accepted the TDTC support before the slate was finalized."
Mr. Burk said, “our interview and selection process allowed us to understand how each candidate sees his or her role if elected and how they view the purpose of local government. It let us see which candidates, if elected, are willing and able to work collaboratively with their colleagues, an essential character trait for us.”
Mr. Burk said, "on November 6, we encourage voters to elect candidates who are willing to work collaboratively, who truly are willing to be transparent in their deliberations and decision making, who are willing to listen to diverse opinions and who treat each other and those who come before them with the respect they deserve."