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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 POLITICS 5 SCITUATE – It would not be an election year in Scituate without a full ticket of candidates from each party and a few independents to round out a 15-person race for Town Council. Voters will get the chance to pick the top seven candidates for Scituate during the Nov. 3 election. Six of the seven Republican coun- cil members are seeking re-election this year, with long-time Councilor Brenda Frederickson leaving after serving seven terms. Council President James Brady, 61, of 159 Westcott Road, is seeking a second term this year. He says he is running again because he loves Scituate. His main concerns are residents' safety, and trying to keep taxes low. Incumbent Republican Charles Collins, 67, of 224 Central Pike, said after 33 years in the Police Department and 14 years serv- ing on the council, he has a "historic perspective" of what is going on in town. Besides David D'Agostino, every- one on the council is new and finishing out their first terms. "I know the history and continuity of the town," Collins said. After talking with residents, he said his main concern is keeping taxes low while still funding education and "getting things done." "My motto has always been, don't have your own agenda and do what you think is right for the town of Scituate," he said. After the council was criticized for lack of transparency, Collins said the board began live-streaming meet- ings to allow residents to watch from home. He said everything the coun- cil does is out in the open. Republican incumbent David D'Agostino, 76, of 18 Neil Lane, is running for his eighth term on the council. He said he decided to run for another term because he believes ever-evolving chal- lenges are facing residents and he can continue to add valuable leadership on the council. D'Agostino said when he first ran, he identified three areas of impor- tance: education, town services and seniors. In the past 10 years, D'Agostino said the council has accomplished much despite difficulties and hard- ships. In 2020, the challenges fac- ing Scituate are more pressing and D'Agostino said he will bring his experience, evenhandedness and desire to represent all citizens to the council, moving forward during unprecedented times. D'Agostino said he brings disci- pline as a U.S. Army drill instructor, as well as the leadership of running his small electrical contracting busi- ness for more than 40 years. "I always listen to my constituents' concerns and will make the best decision for our town," he said. Republican incumbent Gary Grande, 64, of 1 Hickory Drive, said he is running for re-election because he's enjoyed being on the council and believes a lot has got- ten done in the last two years. "We are currently in an unprecedented challenge with COVID-19, the town will face additional challenges, and I'd like to be part of the council for the next two years to meet those challenges," he said. Republican incumbent Abbie Groves, 41, of 7 Howard Ave., said serving the town as vice president of the council, as a teacher, a coach and volunteer has been rewarding. She said she is running for re-election because she takes great pride in Scituate and giving back to the com- munity. Groves said she is proud of the work she did to resolve issues at Rockland Oaks and the Scituate Housing Authority, as well as working to improve the Senior Center and Recreation Department. "I have enjoyed working through challenges and diffi- cult choices as well as all the positive changes," she said. Groves said helping to restore civil- ity is always her goal, and if re-elect- ed, she will continue with that work. "We have a beautiful community. When people work together, it will continue to grow and prosper," she said. Republican incumbent Tim McCormick, 61, of 428 Trimtown Road, said after living in town for more than 30 years and raising four children in Scituate, he is at a stage in his life that allows him to give back. McCormick said he wants to con- tinue using his years of experience in the business world to identify areas for improvement in town operations that will better serve residents while controlling costs. "It's my hope that these actions, together with the hard work of our town employees, will help us main- tain reasonable tax rates, while pro- viding necessary town services and funding our schools," he said. Looking forward, McCormick said the town will need to focus on the long-term comprehensive plan, the possibility of implementing the Home Rule Charter, and a challeng- ing budget environment. "I hope to be in a position to con- tribute to the discussion and work on behalf of the citizens in our town," he said. Republican Teresa Yeaw, 58, of 163 Danielson Pike, said she decided to run to continue to spend residents' hard-earned tax dollars fiscally and reasonably. 15 candidates compete in Scituate Town Council race By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See SCITUATE, Page 16 BRADY COLLINS D'AGOSTINO GRANDE GROVES MCCORMICK TOWN OF SMITHFIELD SIX (6) VOTING LOCATIONS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 e Smithfield Board of Canvassers will use the following SIX (6) polling locations for the General Election VOTING DISTRICT 1 – Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School , 11 Limerock Road - House District 44 VOTING DISTRICT 2 – Old County Rd School Elementary School, 200 Old County Rd. - House District 44 VOTING DISTRICT 3 – Anna M. McCabe Elementary School, 100 Pleasant View Avenue - House District 44 VOTING DISTRICT 4 – Gallagher Middle School, 10 Indian Run Tr.– House District 53 VOTING DISTRICT 5 – Smithfield Senior High School, 90 Pleasant View Avenue, House District 53 VOTING DISTRICT 6 –Elks Lodge #2359, 326 Farnum Pike – House District 53 VOTING DISTRICT – Smithfield Town Hall-64 Farnum Pike– President and Vice-President Only – For residents who did not register to vote by the October 4, 2020 Deadline. e deadline to register to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election is October 4, 2020. Visit the RI Secretary of State Voter Information Center or by visiting (click on Election Infor- mation). Online Voter Registration is also available by visiting e polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. You can view your House District, your Voting Location District, the District Map, and a sample General Election Ballot by visiting www.sec.state. and You can also visit to update your voter registra- tion; register to vote; view your sample ballot; apply for an absentee ballot; find your polling place and track the status of your mail ballot. Early Voting- Early voting will take place at the Smithfield Town Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from October 14, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020. A registered voter who did not apply for an absentee ballot by the deadline date of October 13, 2020 may visit the Smithfield Town Hall to cast their ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election during regular business hours. Per order of the Board of Canvassers Carol A. Aquilante, Town Clerk, MMC Clerk to Canvassing Board

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