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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-01-2021

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2 BLACKSTONE APRIL 1-7, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BLACKSTONE – Residents of Blackstone will head to the polls for the annual town election this Monday, April 5. The top races this year include two open seats on the Board of Selectmen. Former Selectman Ryan Chamberland is challenging Selectman Daniel Keefe for his seat, while political newcomers Ryan Barry and Tanya Polak are facing off for the unexpired term vacated by Taylor Greene earlier this year. Voters will also choose a Blackstone representative for the Blackstone- Millville Regional School Committee, with Keri Gaudette and Timothy Howell facing off for the seat. The ballot also includes sev- eral uncontested races and a vacant School Committee seat that drew no candidates and expires next year. The four candidates for Board of Selectmen faced off during an event hosted by John Eldridge on the local cable channel last week. Candidates shared their views on finances, regionalization, transparency and town hiring practices. Polak has focused her campaign around accountability and creating better processes for government deci- sions, while Barry has emphasized town infrastructure and said he was inspired to run after a failed attempt to recall Board Chairman Robert Dubois last year. Like Polak, Chamberland has tried to position himself as a candidate for change and accountability in addition to lowering taxes, while Keefe has highlighted his accomplishments on the board over the past six years. Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents who chose to vote by mail must return their mail ballot by Monday at 8 p.m. The full list of candidates is as fol- lows: • Board of Assessors (three-year term) – Franscena Schandelmayer- Davis (incumbent) • BMR District School Committee (four-year term, Blackstone represen- tative) – Keri Gaudette and Timothy Howell • BMR District School Committee (unexpired four-year term expiring 2022, Blackstone representative) – no candidates • BMR District School Committee (unexpired four-year term expiring 2024, Blackstone representative) – Sarah Williams (incumbent) • BMR District School Committee (four-year term, Millville representa- tive) – Amanda Guilmain • Board of Health (three-year term) – Peter Ryan Sr. (incumbent) • Moderator (unexpired three-year term expiring 2023) – John Wozniak Blackstone town election is Monday By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Deputy Editor lauren@valleybreeze.com See ELECTION, Page 4 L & N Toasty Totes Quality totes and handbags lntoastytotes.com Handmade by local crafters LNToastyTotes@gmail.com Follow us on instagram @lntoastytotes Is your will or trust over 5 years old? Call for a review JOSEPH J. ROSZKOWSKI Attorney at Law Serving the people & businesses of Northern R.I. for over 50 years. Estate Planning | Wills | Trusts | Probate & Estate Litigation Real Estate & Title Closings 2178 Mendon Road, Suite 300, Cumberland, RI 02864 • 769-3447

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