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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-01-2020

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4 POLITICS JULY 1-7, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Norton announces run for mayor PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket faces massive social and economic chal- lenges both for the immediate and distant future, says David Norton, and he wants to help shape the strategy for dealing with these pressing challenges. "We face not only a long-term public health crisis but likely the worst economic downturn of our lives," he said. "We must prepare ourselves for significant economic and social change. Norton has announced another election challenge to Mayor Donald Grebien. An Army veteran, a former English teacher, small business owner, and a proud father, said Norton, he holds a different view of the world than many other city residents after living much of his adult life abroad. "My wife and daughter are immi- grants and I myself lived as an immigrant in Japan for 10 years," he said. "I often feel that I relate more to the immigrant community in terms of worldview and life experience." Norton said a lack of diversity in the Fire Department and other departments is indicative of sys- temic racism and a serious lack of leadership from Grebien. He said he feels he is uniquely qualified for the job of being mayor of Pawtucket. "I envision a city that treats resi- dents equally both in terms of city hiring and communication," he said. He said he will pursue numerous policy and culture changes around race, including better hiring and review and a new Juneteenth cel- ebration, among others. Flanagan running for City Council in District 4 PAWTUCKET – Lifelong city resident Joseph Flanagan will run for the District 4 City Council seat held by John Barry III. Flanagan will be on the General Election ballot in November as an independent after running in a three-way primary against Barry two years ago. "We've had four years of govern- mental deadlock nationally, and many years of one party's control in Pawtucket. It's time for that to change," says Flanagan. "I'm an independent mind, an independent thinker. I'll work for the best inter- ests of the residents, not the politi- cal machine running the city. " Flanagan, 68, is recently retired from the Rhode Island School of Design after 42 years. He sits on the Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day Parade committee and is a former member of the Slater Park Fall Festival Committee. "Community groups are the lifeblood of Pawtucket," says Flanagan. "Without them, the city wouldn't be nearly as vibrant and diverse as it is today." He added, "I am committed to working for and with the people of District 4. I want to bring on the change our citizens deserve by standing up, speaking out, and tak- ing action." Morris challenges for District 15 seat PAWTUCKET – Bob Morris announced his candidacy for the Senate District 15 seat. "A state senator's principal job is to ensure that our government rep- resents our values and reflects the diverse nature of our community," said the Democrat running against fellow Democrats Herbert Weiss and Meghan Kallman in the primary. "I will fight for a common-sense approach to govern- ment that the people of Rhode Island deserve. I will unite our community and put in place proactive policies, so we are not just reacting to what hap- pens ..." Morris, a Shea High School gradu- ate and president of the Fairlawn Little League, laid out the major points of his campaign: • Driven by division and hatred, he said, we have seen a surge in bias- related crimes in our city and country. He said he will act proactively to open dialogue among communities and stem the rise of racism and bigotry in R.I. • Children need access to top educa- tion programs and modern technology so they're prepared for the modern workforce, said Morris, who is athletic director at Davies. • Small business, the backbone of the U.S. economy, took a tremendous hit during the COVID-19 shutdown, said Morris, and leaders now need to fight for them. • Affordable housing. Morris will work to ban housing discrimination and providing more money for affordable housing. • Communication. He said he'll be available to constituents every day. Morris is married to Marissa and they have three children. Weiss running in District 15 PAWTUCKET – Longtime city employee Herb Weiss has announced his candidacy for Rhode Island State Senate District 15, serving Pawtucket and North Providence. He received the endorsement of Democratic State Senate District 15 Committee. He takes on Meghan Kallman and Robert Morris Jr. in a Democratic primary. "I have known and worked with Herb Weiss both on the Democratic City Committee, as well as on city projects. Herb always has the city's best interest at heart and will work tirelessly on any task for the betterment of the community. Herb will certainly be an asset to Pawtucket's legislative delegation," said Mary Bray, chair- woman of the Democratic City Committee. Adds City Councilor John Barry III, "Herb will bring energy and fierce determination to Smith Hill on behalf of District 15 and the city, his tenacity will reap benefits for all of our residents from day one." "As a state senator, I will work closely with the Pawtucket legisla- tive delegation and city administra- tion to continue the development of its waterfront, historic down- town and mills in the Conant Mill District abutting the new commuter rail station," said Weiss. "For decades I have worked inde- fatigably for the city of Pawtucket to fill the old mills scattered throughout the city with small busi- nesses and artists," added the city's economic and cultural affairs offi- cer. He said he will continue work- ing closely on local and state policy issues impacting the local economy. ABOUT US The Valley Breeze is a locally owned newspaper Office location: 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204, Lincoln, RI 02865 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. Call us: 401-334-9555 Fax: 401-334-9994 Online: READER SERVICES DO YOU HAVE A STORY IDEA? Contact Managing Editor Ethan Shorey at or call 401-334-9555, ext. 130. 24-hour, 7-day voice mail. ADVERTISING – Call your sales representative, or Director of Sales Jack Birolini at 401-334- 9555, ext. 141 or email: CLASSIFIEDS – Place ads at, or call 401-334-9555 during office hours. 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