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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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14 LETTERS / CAMPAIGN TRAIL JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET a chief of staff, or a "constituent liaison." We need lower tax rates across the board for residential and commercial properties. That alone could attract stable companies, aside from CVS, to make this their home base. Lower the tax rates to expand the tax base, and allow the free market to dictate economic trends! I'm not an economist but I believe a common sense approach to dealing with our financial pic- ture, as the council amended bud- get reflected, is a step in the right direction. Alas, Ms. Murray ruined her chance of being a state senator. Fagnant has proven he is unfit to hold public office, by his igno- rance of parliamentary procedure, council rules, general decorum, and public threats. Councilman Christopher Beauchamp is also guilty of incompetence in regards to calling a local businesswoman "an embarrassment to this city," the same day he tried to prove he was business friendly, and we know he is not. We were looking for those who would follow the Home Rule char- ter, but were left with folks who try to serve themselves. Hopefully, we won't make that mistake again. JOHN REYNOLDS, JR. Woonsocket LACKING From Page 13 Picard seeks re-election to Senate District 20 WOONSOCKET – Roger Picard has announced his re-election bid for state Senate District 20, serving Cumberland and Woonsocket. Picard is a lifelong resident of Woonsocket, and his wife, Diane, is originally from Cumberland. He was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 2008 and previously served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. "It has been an absolute honor serving the people of District 20," Picard said. "I have had the plea- sure of speaking to a multitude of residences in District 20 about their thoughts and perspectives regarding the creation of public policy as well as life events in general." Picard said he looks forward to discussing public policy concerns related to education, business, environment, health care, child care, senior care and other top- ics with his constituents. He is a social worker for the Woonsocket School Department and a graduate of Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. "I am grateful for your support in the past, and I am asking for it once again in November," he said. "In the mean time, feel free to call me at my home or stop by and visit, like so many have done before, to let me know your thoughts on the upcom- ing election or any other topic. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you again in the future." PICARD State Sen. Paolino up for re-election Thomas J. Paolino has announced his candidacy for state Senate, District 17 representing Lincoln, North Providence and North Smithfield. Paolino has served in the role for two years, elected upon the retirement of Sen. Edward J. O'Neill. Paolino said he has worked tire- lessly to protect the taxpayers, vot- ing against the Pawtucket Red Sox deal, "especially the House version which added an addition $54 mil- lion in debt service." He said he will continue to be a "watchdog in the Senate," voting against bad legisla- tion "intended for self-interest over public interest." He continued, "I have delivered my promises of lowering taxes for my constituents with the car tax phase-out, saving taxpayers in our district over $1 million." Paolino supported safe school efforts by voting for red flag legisla- tion, and fought on behalf of Lincoln as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, resulting in an addition- al $8.4 million for building the new Lincoln High School. Additionally, Paolino co-sponsored legislation to combat the opioid cri- sis as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. He also promised to continue to improve the business landscape in his district, attracting new businesses and retaining the existing ones. "It would be an honor and privi- lege to once again be your voice and representative in the Rhode Island Senate," he said. "Together, we can work for a bet- ter state. I respectfully ask for your support and vote. I pledge to rep- resent you with a common sense approach, making educated deci- sions with class, dignity and pride while putting your interests above all." PAOLINO Burrillville Council president running for state Senate GLOCESTER– John Pacheco III announced he will be running for election in the District 23 state Senate seat. The Burrillville resident served on the Town Council for the past six years, the last four as presi- dent. According to Pacheco, many necessary changes have occurred since he joined the council, includ- ing improved school safety, repaired school buildings, and the creation of a program to combat substance abuse. "As president of the board of admin- istration, I've been so proud to lead the board in updating our town build- ings and revitalizing the Assembly Theatre, while showing a surplus in our budget for the last four years," he said. Pacheco said he will bring skills he learned from the town to the Statehouse, such as forward think- ing, and an inclusive problem-solving style of leadership. He said he wants to convince state legislature that "our little corner of R.I. is not so little," and the town holds a strong presence with vital concerns. "Our corner of the state must be heard. The issues are real and the people are, too," Pacheco said. PACHECO YMCA offers swim scholarships PAWTUCKET – As part of the YMCA's commitment to reducing drowning rates and keeping kids safe in and around the water, the YMCA of Pawtucket will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from underserved commu- nities in Pawtucket and Woonsocket. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 14. A study conducted in 2011 by USA Swimming found that in ethnically diverse com- munities, the youth drowning rate is two to three times higher than the national average. Additionally, nearly six out of 10 African-American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, about twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts. To learn how to qualify for financial assistance, contact Sean Cassidy, in Pawtucket, at 401-727-7900, or Kristin Quinn, in Woonsocket, at 401-769- 0791.

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