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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-15-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL 9 From preceding page creating the very first municipal court system, now adopted by other commu- nities, which gives the power to local residents to challenge public officials who break the law." He said his "character and perfor- mance has laid the benchmark in serving the people of Lincoln, and he's been credited in two books for fight- ing and stopping white-collar crime in Lincoln during his tenure. Lees said he has developed key skills in identifying municipal white-collar crime and has now identified current issues facing the people of Lincoln, one being content discrimination. He said he has become increasingly con- cerned about Lincoln's inner govern- ing practices evolving into "oligarchy practices." Macksoud cites accomplishments LINCOLN – Town Council President Keith Macksoud said he's running for re-election based on his record of accomplishments during his 16 years of service. Among his proudest achievements during his tenure, Macksoud said, "We have invested in our community by building a new middle school and senior center, refurbishing our police station and library and renovating our high school to make it a state-of-the-art learning environment. By utilizing the monies that the town receives from Twin River, we have also made over $20 million in improvements, without any tax increases. We have also just reached our goal of having 30 percent of the town's land mass as public open space. This is a goal that was set in the comprehensive plan back in the 1970s." He said he was also pleased to play a part in preserving historic build- ings, including the Hot Potato School, Hearthside House and the Valentine Whitman House. Councilor Azar touts economic response LINCOLN – District 4 Town Councilor Pamela Azar said in a press release, "The past six months have presented challenges to all of us, both personally and professionally. I am very proud to be a part of a Town Council that is working diligently and cooperatively to safeguard our resi- dents from economic instability." "We have passed a balanced bud- get, keeping the tax rate stable, and worked with small businesses to keep them operating. In fact, new business- es have chosen Lincoln as their site of operation because they view our town as an enviable place for commerce," she said, adding that she's hoping for the opportunity to continue fighting to make Lincoln a better place to live and work if re-elected. "If I'm your choice, I'll be your voice," she said. Leahy grateful for support LINCOLN – Robert Leahy, Republican candidate for Lincoln Town Council District 4, reports posi- tive responses from neighbors as he campaigns across town. Leahy said he has earned the sup- port of Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters. "I have lifelong Higgins says experience in finance will help CUMBERLAND – James Higgins, the endorsed Democratic for Cumberland Town Council District 1, says he has the financial expertise that's needed. "In this uncertain time of COVID- 19, there is a lot of uncertainty about local budgets, and many municipalities may have to make difficult decisions," he said. "As a former town councilor and School Committee member I have 17 years of experience dealing with municipal and school finance." He said he has had the privilege of serving with Mayor Jeff Mutter and working with him to adequately fund schools. "Increasing revenue while maintain- Democrats telling me that the national Democrat Party is going off the rails. They are truly disgusted by what they are seeing all over the country and they don't want that in our town." "As the only candidate in the race that has declared his support for law and order, public safety and commu- nity policies that rise above identity politics, I have also received a warm welcome from Lincoln Police officers. We have to back our law enforcement and make sure that funding for our police and first responders does not become a political football in our great town. They know I have their backs with my commitment to maintaining the necessary funds to keep our com- munity safe." CUMBERLAND TOWN COUNCIL ing an affordable tax rate is the key to balancing the services our residents deserve," he said. "Residents have a right to expect basic services like good schools, good roads and public safety. District 1 needs an experienced and effective voice on the Town Council." Early voting started Oct. 14, he said, and he's respectfully asking for resi- dents' votes. Metivier pledges to be strong, independent voice CUMBERLAND – Former Town Councilor and longtime town resident James Metivier is running for Town Council in District 1, the 30-year Valley Falls resident previously hav- ing served in that position from 2016 to 2018. While councilor, Metivier said he worked closely with the School Committee and served on the Educational Funding and Development Commission as well as the Building Committee. "That experience is crucial during these challenging times," he said. As "a proven leader," Metivier said he has the experience required to face the challenges affecting Cumberland residents. "As an independent, I am not in the pocket of special interests or political parties," he said. "I can work effectively with everyone to make things better for all of Cumberland's residents and businesses. During my previous time as town councilor, that is exactly what I did." A member of Club Juventude Lusitana and a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima church, Metivier works at Amica. CAMPAIGN NEWS Continues on Page 10 FOR ALL OF YOUR FLOORING NEEDS 25 Esten Ave., Pawtucket, RI • 401-726-3000 HOURS: MONDAY - SATURDAY 9-5

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