LETTER: Democratic Town Committee Does Not Support TCC Candidates

Tiverton resident and Democratic Town Committee Chairman Mike Burk writes a letter to the editor

To the Editor:

On November 6th, Tiverton voters have a clear choice in local races.  We can vote for individuals supported by the Tiverton Citizens for Change (TCC) who will continue the TCC’s divisiveness, make decisions affecting us behind closed doors, spend tens of thousands of our tax dollars on lawsuits supporting their personal agendas  and support budgets based on ghost revenues and personal agendas.   Or, we can choose to elect the candidates supported by the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee (TDTC) -  a slate of candidates from all political persuasions who take a balanced approach to supporting public services and public education while working to improve revenue streams through sound business development and fair tax policies, who work collaboratively, who truly are  transparent in their deliberations and decision making, who listen to diverse opinions and who treat each other and those who come before them with the respect they deserve. 

If you want Tiverton to be run by a group that puts personal agendas before the public good and that spends a lot of time talking but accomplishing nothing while wasting our money in lawsuits, then you should vote for the candidates supported by the TCC.  If you want Tiverton to move forward with a focus on finding long term solutions to the critical issues facing us, ensuring we have effective public services and continuing to build strong public schools, then vote with me for the TDTC slate of candidates. 

As my parents, taught me, if you fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Don’t let the TCC fool you twice – their campaign rhetoric has never been supported by their actions.

On November 6th, please vote for the following TDTC supported candidates for local Tiverton offices and for seats in the State House of Representatives and State Senate:

Town Council:  James Arruda, Renee DeJesus-Jones, Denise deMedeiros, William Gerlach, Brett Pelletier and Edward Roderick

School Committee are:  Sally Black, Carol Herrmann and Jerome Larkin. 

Budget Committee are:  Joseph Bento, Alexander Cote, Laura Epke, Mark Larsen, Joshua Mello, and David Perry. 

Town Clerk:  Nancy Mello

Judge of Probate Court:  Richard D’Addario

RI House of Representatives:  District 70 – John “Jay” Edwards; District 71 – Dennis Canario

RI State Senate:  District 10 – Walter Felag, Jr.; District 12 – Louis DiPalma

I also ask that you vote to re-elect David Cicilline for the US House Of Representatives, First Congressional District and Sheldon Whitehouse for the US Senate.  Putting David and Sheldon back in Washington will ensure Rhode Island continues to have strong leaders with clear visions and strong voices to carry our country forward on the path to economic recovery.

Mike Burk

Chairman, Tiverton Democratic Town Committee

TivResident October 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
What do you think would have been eliminated if Nelson was successful in keeping $600k of the school department's money? The TCC members keep saying that they won't allow sports and after school programs to be cancelled. What, then, would be cut? What they fail to say is that don't really care at all about public education. They want taxes lowered at any cost. Bob Gaw sent both his children to private school; now he's angry that he has to "pitch in" and help support public education. I plan to vote for candidates that are looking out for the best interest of my town, not their own agendas.
Leslie Poldervaart October 19, 2012 at 08:00 PM
In reference to all the comments above, this is what is dividing everyone in this Town!! Instead of crying and bickering about everything, why are you not trying to work with the Council, School Committee and Budget Committee. Go to the meetings, find out the truth. Volunteer for the Committees. Get involved.If everyone would work together as a whole unit, Tiverton would be a better place. Some of you say things that are half truths and just to stir the pot. I find this is hateful, If you don't like someone why say anything at all. We all have an opinion. I have lived in this Town since 1970 and have always been proud of it. I also use my correct name and don't hide.
TivResident October 19, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Clearly Billy Barton doesn't value the work of teachers. Billy, please compare apples to apples. The cost of living in Ri is much higher than many other parts of this nation. Tiverton teachers are the LOWEST PAID TEACHERS IN THE STATE. Yet, student test scores are far from low. The saying goes, "you get what you pay for." We get more than that from Tiverton teachers. Shame on you. By the way, does the median household have two college degrees? Most teachers do.
James Arruda October 19, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Don't forget about me :) haha
BD October 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM
TCC-endorsed Rep. Gordon was 112th out of 113 reps in the GA for attendance. That doesn't even reflect the character and legal issues the TCC chose not to vet. http://www.providencejournal.com/politics/rhode-island/general-assembly/legislator-attendance/ Lesson: Please think twice before pulling the lever for ANY TCC-endorsed candidate without doing your homework.


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