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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-15-2020

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8 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVE | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER SMITHFIELD SCHOOL COMMITTEE SCITUATE TOWN COUNCIL SENATE DISTRICT 22 HOUSE DISTRICT 53 Continued from page 6 Pereira touts experience in school community SMITHFIELD – Michelle Manning Pereira, a Republican running for Smithfield School Committee, said she belongs to the PTO, parent council and takes leadership roles in booster clubs, as well as organized large fundraising events. "I am a committed, eager asset to the Smithfield school commu- nity, with many hours of volunteer- ing," said Pereira, who has lived in Smithfield for 20 years with her hus- band, Michael, and four daughters. Approachable and analytical, Pereira said she is committed to lis- tening to all available information and reaching the best conclusions using her experience and the recom- mendation of experts. "When elected, I look forward to cooperating with committee mem- bers and all invested parties to create a cohesive and fiscally reasonable facilities improvement and education plan," she said. "I am excited to serve our community. I hope to earn your vote." Santucci says council work provided experience SMITHFIELD – Paul Santucci says his previous experience as Smithfield Town Council president affords him insight into how the state delegation should address the needs of Senate District 22. "I worked to bring Smithfield Water Supply into a state of good repair," he said. "As a member of the Smithfield Charter Review Commission, I craft- ed a capital plan that gives Smithfield schools a seat at the table with respect to long-term capital needs planning." A major challenge to most com- munities is the sustainability of post- employment benefits, he said. On the Town Council, he initiated changes that lowered OPEB costs. "Smithfield has a mountain of eco- nomic development opportunity for District 22," said the candidate. "This area needs basic infrastructure to grow. I pledge to take leadership on this opportunity." He said he successfully navigated improvements in the Smithfield police and fire pension plans, leading to savings that were reinvested into both plans. "The legislature needs to address our state pension plans," he said. Archambault outlines priorities SMITHFIELD – Incumbent District 22 Sen. Steve Archambault is outlining his top priorities for the next legislative session. "I will continue to put my experi- ence to work to bring back jobs, hold the line on taxes, and provide a help- ing hand to people and families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts," he said. More specifically, he vowed to help the small businesses and local farmers that create about six out of 10 new jobs, push for supplemental unemployment benefits for families in need, actively back the continued phaseout of the car tax, advocate for quality health care for all and to curb the opioid epidemic, and fight to upgrade and expand job retraining programs. Archambault serves as vice chair- man of the Senate Committee of Judiciary and is a member of the Environment & Agriculture and Rules, Government Ethics & Oversight Committees. District 22 covers Smithfield, North Providence and Johnston. Hawkins to advocate for community, schools, seniors SMITHFIELD – District 53 state Rep. Bernard Hawkins, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for re- election. In a press release, Hawkins noted he co-sponsored the Senior Savings Protection Act to protect our seniors and disabled from financial exploita- tion. Hawkins also obtained a $5,000 legislative grant for the Smithfield Senior Center. Hawkins continued to fight for Smithfield and Glocester taxpayers, he said, by advocating for the phase- out of the car tax by 2023. He spon- sored a bill that limits vehicle weight due to traffic concerns on Limerock Road, and co-sponsored legislation ensuring all schools maintain Narcan on site to stop drug overdoses, as well as mandate education for students to learn about the effects of opioids. If re-elected, Hawkins said he will work hard by enacting fiscally responsible budgets and address ineq- uities of the state funding formula for education to fight for more funding for Smithfield schools. Hawkins successfully secured leg- islative grants, including $5,000 to offset costs of the McCabe basket- ball courts and $10,000 to help the Smithfield Baseball Booster Club secure a scoreboard at the high school baseball field. Austin pulls from business experience to help budget process SCITUATE – Being on Scituate Town Council is a perfect way to con- tribute his work and personal experi- ences to assist Scituate's continued viability as a great place to live, said Democrat William Austin. Austin said he will achieve this through business and personal expe- Continues on next page got a news tip? Call Laura at 401-334-9555, ext. 145 or e-mail it to

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