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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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16 POLITICS OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER Yeaw said she would like to encour- age growth in the town while retaining Scituate's small-town charm. Independent candi- date Thomas Galligan, 77, of 171 Pine Hill Road, said he believes the council needs an independent voice. He said the current council acts as one, and he is ready for change. "I'm disgusted with them, I'm ready," Galligan said. Galligan said Scituate is a good town that is run well, but he takes issue with many of the proposed changes in the Home Rule Charter. He said he prefers a mayor to the proposed town manager, and wants to continue voting to elect the town trea- surer and clerk. "Vote from the bot- tom up," Galligan said, referring to the ballot, where his name is last. The Scituate Democrats have endorsed seven candidates, includ- ing one independent, former Scituate Police Chief Donald Delaere of 800 Central Pike. Delaere, 47, previously explained that a minor clerical error stemming from his vote in the 2020 presidential primary prevented him from running as a Democrat. Instead, he is running as an "independent good government" candidate. Delaere retired from the SPD on June 27 after 23 years of service. He said he wants to continue to serve the town he loves and lives in. Delaere said he's lived in Scituate for close to 20 years. "I want to continue to serve the resi- dents of the town of Scituate," he said. Delaere took a leave of absence after reporting a breach of contract allegedly caused by Councilor Brady. Delaere claimed Brady interrupted day-to-day operations, created a hos- tile work environment, and defamed the chief's character when inquiring about paid police details for retired officers. The chief returned to work after two weeks. Democrat Debra Archetto, 57, of 219 West Greenville Road, is return- ing this year after a failed run for council in 2018. Archetto said she decided to run for council because she wants to bring ethics, accountability and transparency to town government. As a community pharmacist, Archetto said she spent the last 27 years work- ing ethically and adhering to state and federal laws, billing rules and company policies. "I will bring the same kind of follow-through and problem-solving approach to the council that I expect of my pharmacy team," she said. Archetto said working with all members of the council to build a consensus and support on issues that affect the community is a high priority. She said she is committed to exploring ways to expand the tax base as property taxes are always a concern for homeowners. Democrat William Austin, 66, of 62 White Pine Drive, said after living in Scituate for 31 years surrounded by friends and fam- ily, being on the council is a way to contribute work and personal experiences to help Scituate's viability as a great place to live. Austin said his background in stra- tegic planning, on-time execution of objectives, managing big budgets, human resources and bipartisan problem solving prepares him with skills to handle any issues faced by the council. "I am prepared to work with other 2020 elected council members on a bipartisan basis and together guide Scituate into 2021 and beyond," he said. Austin said he wants accountability to voters, council decisions open for review, and to allow voters to weigh in on critical decisions. His personal objectives for a term on the council include reviewing capital committee reports, reviewing current council projects and suggest- ing controls for timely completion and within budget, and initiating a three-year plan to bring continuity to council planning. Democrat Anna Cimini, 51, of 1460 Chopmist Hill Road, is run- ning for council to help bring a voice to Democrats in Scituate, including those not affiliated as Democrats who support the party's decision-making. Cimini said Democrats support open, transparent processes, which she believes is missing in Scituate. As a recent resident, Cimini said she is immediately tired of the drama, bullying and off-putting stances of majority-ruled councils. "I think a non-partisan, or non- majority-ruled Town Council is a bet- ter Town Council," she said. Cimini said she would like to see forward motion on the comprehen- sive plan, the solar ordinance, and planning and zoning to protect rural areas, and also wants to bring much- needed small business into desig- nated commercial areas. A diversified tax base will help ease the tax burden of residents, she said. Local business owner and Democrat Sacha Hummel, 62, of 104 Rockland Road, said he decided to run for council after the cur- rent council removed him from two boards, including the Board of Canvassers and as resident com- missioner for the Scituate Housing Authority at Rockland Oaks. "I felt a burden of why not me, who would be better, and it's defi- nitely time for a change in Scituate," he said. As a lifelong resident, Hummel said he's witnessed Republicans work for all residents, which he said is not the current situation where the Republican council is "taking care of their own party." "I will be transparent and be open to discussion with all members of the community and continue my sup- port of nonprofits and taking care of our town, your town, and my town," Hummel said. Democrat Michael Marcello, 52, of 874 Chopmist Hill Road, said he believes his experience as a former town councilman and state representa- tive will be invalu- able in the coming months as Scituate grapples with issues of state aid and local budgets. Marcello said the past two years were difficult as the council "repeatedly refused" to answer questions related to the dismissal of the police chief last summer, negotiations with the PWSB and other topics. "The council needs an advocate for open and transparent decision mak- ing, and my entire tenure as a public official has been dedicated to keep- ing the public informed," Marcello said. The more immediate challenge to Scituate will be navigating expected state cuts to education and municipal revenue sharing, Marcello said. The council needs to guard against mak- ing hasty decisions that jeopardize progress in the schools. Long-term, Marcello said, his goal is to ensure the town's comprehen- sive plan will reflect the values and concerns of Scituate residents. Democrat Terrell Parker, 22, of 7 Goddard St., said he is running for council to bring a needed diverse per- spective to Scituate government. Parker said he has the ener- gy and enthusiasm to ensure Scituate will move in a positive direction for years to come. "One-party rule has led to a stag- nant government that lacks innova- tion," he said. Ideally, government should work for everyone, Parker said, and not just the people who voted in the rul- ing party. When elected, Parker said he will take the steps to restore a representa- tive democracy by making sure all of the Scituate community has a voice on a council representing their wants and needs. SCITUATE From Page 5 YEAW GALLIGAN DELAERE ARCHETTO AUSTIN CIMINI HUMMEL MARCELLO PARKER Library hosts Virtual Book Chat SMITHFIELD – Greenville Public Library will host a Virtual Book Chat on Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 29 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Join the library for an informal virtual meeting to discuss what books you are currently reading. Once you register for the book chat, the library will send you a link and password to join the event. Register online on the event calen- dar at www.yourlibrary.ws . OSTER law offices TRUSTED FOR THREE GENERATIONS Robert D. Oster, Esq. & Sarah Oster Kelly, Esq. Have you had your legal checkup? 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