Letter: Tiverton recall — History helps to understand the present

Posted 9/18/19

To the editor:

In the 2017 special election for the Tiverton Charter Review Commission (CRC) there were 24 candidates running for nine available seats. Nine of those candidates were endorsed by …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Letter: Tiverton recall — History helps to understand the present

Posted

To the editor:

In the 2017 special election for the Tiverton Charter Review Commission (CRC) there were 24 candidates running for nine available seats. Nine of those candidates were endorsed by the Tiverton Taxpayers Association (TTA), and subsequently, all nine were duly elected by the voters of Tiverton.

The sitting town council dismissed the 12 months of intensive work by the CRC and put their own charter changes on the ballot, denying the voters of Tiverton the opportunity to revise their own government from the work by the duly elected CRC.

In the 2018 election for town council,18 candidates ran. Seven candidates were TTA endorsed and ran a great campaign based on “shaking things up” by introducing new and fresh ideas to solve the long, ongoing issues and preserve the future of Tiverton. The seven TTA endorsed candidates promised to end the “we have always done it this way” mentality, they promised an open government with fewer “behind closed door” discussions, they promised resident access to meeting agendas, they promised long term goals, less contentious contract negotiations, they promised to either follow the existing rules or change them, and they promised to implement an employee “code of conduct” to prevent some of the past, very expensive pay-outs for town employee misconduct.

Town council candidates Katz, Coulter, Cook and Driggs (Coulter, Cook and Driggs were previously elected to the CRC) were duly elected to serve the people of Tiverton. In the 10 months since they were elected, they have worked tirelessly to keep their campaign promises and will spend the remainder of their term doing the same.

Unhappy voters from the 2017 and 2018 elections want a “redo” of the 2018 election for no other reason than they did not like the outcome and are using ridiculous state-ments, and sometimes outright lies, to try and overturn the results. The recall has ab-solutely no validity and is driven by the sore losers of the past two elections.

Voting is a constitutional right that must be preserved. The strategy based “just don’t vote” campaign has been difficult for me to endorse, however, because I know the history of the 2017 and 2018 elections, I am convinced that the recall is a total sham that voters should ignore. Consider staying home and enjoying your day.

Laura Rom

Tiverton

2020 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike about The Post or to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc. in East Providence, email mrego@eastbaymediagroup.com.