Letter: Candidate McGaw is different — she actually listens

Posted 7/29/20

To the editor:One day last fall, before our world changed when people still had contact with each other, I was about to enter my house after working out in my garden. I was dirty and tired.

Two …

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Letter: Candidate McGaw is different — she actually listens

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To the editor:
One day last fall, before our world changed when people still had contact with each other, I was about to enter my house after working out in my garden. I was dirty and tired.

Two women approached me, introduced themselves as Michelle McGaw and her long-time friend Isabel, there to tell me that Michelle was going to run for as a candidate for state representative in District 71.

In most normal situations, I would have easily excused myself and gotten away from a solicitation. But both women appeared so sincere and eager to hear what my concerns were as a Tiverton resident. As a pharmacist, she has lived in Portsmouth for almost 30 years, raised a family, and worked on several committees for her town and for the State of Rhode Island. She listened to me, which is rather unusual for someone of the political persuasion. I liked her. 

Now, several months later, Michelle is going to run for Representative Canario’s seat. I am committed to see her name on the ballot, and alert my fellow area residents that she is the real deal: someone to listen to concerns, to work for the environment and climate before it’s too late, an affordable health care system, that includes reproductive care, among other issues. She will work in state government and make sure power is more evenly distributed.

I am no longer new in Rhode Island and, after 15 years, I would like to see Michelle McGaw, with her healthcare background and willingness to work with people, become our state representative. 

I hope my fellow Tivertonians consider Michelle and vote for her as Representative for District 71.

Nancy Papagno

Tiverton

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.