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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

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6 POLITICS JUNE 13-19, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Echevarria congratulated Araujo on the win and wished him luck in the July election. "My first campaign is over. While we didn't get the result we wanted, I'm proud of the effort we put for- ward," he said in a post. "I'm taking a short break to be a private citizen, but will be running in the council at-large democratic primary in the fall. A huge thank you to my sup- porters." Echevarria and other potential candidates have plenty of oppor- tunity in the fall election. At-large Councilor Larry Tetreault has said he won't run again, leaving only Albert Vitali Jr. with experience in the at-large third of the council. Vitali announced this week that he'll run again, and School Committee member Elena Vasquez has also announced that she'll run. Araujo celebrated with family, friends and political supporters at Craft Burgers and Beer on East Avenue. Winning a special election pri- mary is all about turning out the vote, Araujo said, and he "worked really hard" to win this campaign. He commended Echevarria for run- ning a clean campaign and said he admired his approach. ARAUJO From Page 5 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE MICHAEL ARAUJO was on hand to greet his supporters at Craft Burgers and Beer, in Pawtucket, after win- ning the June 5 Democratic primary in Pawtucket for the at-large Council seat formerly held by Sandra Cano. Charbonneau announces re-election campaign Shallcross Smith looks to reclaim Dist. 46 seat PAWTUCKET – School Committee Chairman Gerard Charbonneau has announced his campaign for re-election, citing significant districtwide school reno- vations and rising test scores across all grade levels as proof that he has delivered on his promise of reach- ing every child in every school. "The voters have seen firsthand the results. I believe they are over- whelming satisfied with the job I've done," said Charbonneau in a release. "We have done major work in every school across the city, and we are heading into this summer with a full slate of proj- ects scheduled. Under my leader- ship, we have completely reno- vated Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene, added filtered water sta- tions in every school, (and) com- pleted numerous fire and life safety upgrades throughout the district." Charbonneau also serves as chair- man of the school facilities subcom- mittee. Since he took the helm of the facilities com- mittee four years ago, Charbonneau said, school officials have held vendors accountable with strict financial pen- alties for missing deadlines. "I also tour the projects fre- quently. I have delivered strong fiscal oversight for our taxpayers," he said. "Projects like Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene grab the headlines, but this committee has also done more health and safety upgrades districtwide than was done in the last 20 years." He added, "My children attend our schools and I approach every decision with the mindset that all of our children deserve the very best. It's about every child, every school." LINCOLN – Mary Ann Shallcross Smith has announced her candidacy for the District 46 Lincoln- Pawtucket seat in the R.I. House of Representatives cur- rently held by retir- ing Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady. Shallcross Smith previ- ously served in the House from 2008 to 2010. Said Shallcross Smith, "My focus then and now continues to be my service to the needs of constituents in Lincoln and Pawtucket. I will always be a voice for the people" of the district. Shallcross Smith's entrepreneurial spirit started early in 1972 when she began a home-based child care busi- ness in her Lincoln home. That start has blossomed to her current vari- ous Dr. Day Care business opera- tions of nine state-licensed child care centers. The same level of dedica- tion to families, especially its most precious component of all, children, still rings true in her current com- prehensive cluster of daycare cen- ters caring for infants through school age. A lifelong Ocean Stater, she is a 1970 graduate of Lincoln Senior High School. She returned to col- lege nine years after graduating from LHS, attending CCRI, URI, and RIC. She achieved her Doctorate degree in Human Development, Child/Youth Studies and Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1995. The name "Dr. Day Care" not only represents her educational success but her commitment to excellence in her business practices. Said her press release, "Mary Ann functions best when presented with problems and brings her laser focus to solving those problems. As a well- known and experienced child care business operator, she and her expe- rienced Dr. Day Care finance staff assisted the state in the past when called on to lend her small business private sector expertise to find solu- tions that work." CHARBONNEAU SHALLCROSS SMITH Flanagan challenging Barry in Council District 4 PAWTUCKET – Lifelong Pawtucket resident Joe Flanagan has announced his intention to run for the City Council District 4 seat currently held by John Barry III. "Not only have I lived in the city of Pawtucket my entire life, but for most of that time I've lived in the (District 4)," said Flanagan in a release. "I bought the house I grew up in. I raised my children there. In fact, my oldest son is in the process of publishing a memoir about growing up in Pawtucket. So, I am aware of the everyday struggles that each of us faces try- ing to make a decent life for our families." Flanagan, 66, is a direct descen- dant of Irish immigrants to the area. Flanagan started his career as a plumber, a trade he learned from his uncle at age 14. The U.S. Army veteran took a plumbing posi- tion at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978, and is now the HVAC controls mechanic there. He is active in many civic groups in Pawtucket. He still lives in the house he grew up in, with his wife, Alice. Flanagan said he understands the role of City Council in local government. It is not in charge of coming up with ideas for new city ordinances, building plans, or redevelopment projects, he said. Instead, the council reviews the proposals for these new ordi- nances, building plans, or redevel- opment projects, based on input from various committees and stakeholders, and decides whether or not they can be implemented, legally, per city code and charter, and in the best interests of the city, he said. FLANAGAN tion to families, especially its most Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. 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