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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-18-2018

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12 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OCTOBER 18-24, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER he would often repeat: "If you're not going to get involved, don't com- plain." He said he loves Smithfield, and will continue running until "they don't love me any- more." LaGreca said the financial challenges facing the town could use an expe- rienced member on the council to help guide any newcomers through the process. "If the town passes those bonds, we could have some potentially challenging budget years," LaGreca said. "I wouldn't mind being a part of putting it together." LaGreca said he finds it of utmost importance to allow people to address their elected officials to assist in making decisions, especially when crafting the budget. "We need to return a level of respect and civility to Town Council meetings. It's OK to disagree, but everybody should be allowed to speak on a subject," LaGreca said. He said he also believes in hold- ing the line on the senior tax freeze, which he receives, to help the elder- ly stay in the area and keep their homes. Republican Maxine Cavanagh, 74, who running for her eighth two-year term, said she always has and will vote for what she believes is best for the residents without political ambi- tions. Cavanagh also supports the senior tax freeze. "I want to repre- sent the people in my decisions. I don't care what politi- cal party anyone belongs to if he or she agrees with that we always vote for the town and not for our own concerns," she said. A Canadian naturalized citizen, Cavanagh has lived in Smithfield for more than 40 years, and says she would step aside if a younger gen- eration wants to try its hand at local government. Democrat Suzy Alba, 36, has served on the council since 2012. She said she is running to continue to provide leadership to the town by sup- porting what is being done well, as well as seeing where there can be improvements. "Now that I'm a mother to a young child, I'm even more devoted to ensuring that our schools, recre- ation, senior services, public safety, and town services are second to none," she said. Alba said she will continue to seek responsible development opportuni- ties along the Routes 6 and 117 cor- ridor to create jobs and economic growth, and to offset the tax burden on homeowners. Alba's goals for the town include working with the school board to guarantee top-notch programs and facilities, and to advocate on behalf of senior citizens for efficient and affordable town services. Incumbent T. Michael Lawton, also a Democrat, 48, is seeking re-election to his second term on the council. Lawton said he understands more about what is going on in the town now, and will continue to help where needed. He said he is proud of how the council works across party lines to get things done. Lawton said he would like to see water and sewer infrastructure installed on the Routes 7 and 116 corridor to prepare for more busi- ness in the area. "Building that area up could light- en the tax burden for people who own homes," he said. "We need to have the infrastructure to support it." Lawton said he supports adding a new fire station in the area and said the response time to the northern area of town needs to be dramati- cally shorter. Other town officials have thrown their hats in the ring for council. Planning Board Chairman John Yoakum, a Republican, and board member Albert Gizzarelli, indepen- dent, are both vying to earn a seat on the elected board. Yoakum, 53, said his goals for the town echo LaGreca's sentiment that the time limits on public speaking at council meetings need to be extended to allow residents to be heard. "That's important to morale and confidence they have in the people running the town," Yoakum said. As far as his his- tory on the Planning Board, he said he would like to see the town continue to be responsibly developed and to not lose its rural qualities. As the only independent run- ning, Gizzarelli said his eight-month appointment on the Planning Board has prepared him for serving in local government. He said he wants to create a bipartisan decision-making process on the council. "I think it's time to get rid of party politics and start working together. Running as an independent shows you're not on any side of the line," Gizzarelli said. Gizzarelli said the issues he's focused on are maintaining the senior tax freeze and making edu- cated decisions on bond questions. Smithfield Native and for- mer councilmember John Emin, Republican, is running again after a 30-year hiatus. Emin served nine terms from 1970-1988, but decided to focus on his family and farm until recently. Emin said he recently found himself with more time, due to the loss of his wife, Joan. Emin, 82, said his goals were to continue fiscal responsibility, and to work for the people. "In 1971, I helped establish the senior tax freeze and I would like to maintain that for our seniors," Emin said. 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