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Cortvriend is the right choice for Aquidneck Island

I have known Terri Cortvriend for the better part of 33 years and I read a recent letter to the editor that described her as a “Progressive Liberal” out of touch with reality. Let me explain who she is and why she is the right choice for District 72 without tearing down the current holder of District 72.

Terri and her late husband Andy came to Aquidneck Island in the early 1980s and decided this was where they wanted to live and raise a family. They started a business that added valuable services to the Rhode Island maritime industry. They grew the business from just the two of them to several employees in just a few years.

The jobs they created were here on Aquidneck Island and they were full-time jobs with benefits. Those jobs are still on Aquidneck Island today.

In 2004 Cortvriend was asked to run for school committee and she did. Less than a year later her husband Andy was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed after a two-year fight. She was left with a daughter to raise and a business to manage alone. For most people this would have been too much.

But Cortvriend managed all these responsibilities. On the heels of the death of her husband came the recession that many small businesses did not survive; she was able to navigate Ocean Link through it.

Cortvriend has also served on the Board of Portsmouth Water and Fire District from 2011 to 2017. Cortvriend believes that through service you gain understanding and are better able to effect change. She proves this daily through her actions.

Cortvriend is an independent thinker who listens and seeks understanding, she can not be defined by a single label. Her record of public service speaks for itself.

Typically, candidates tell you what they will do once elected but Cortvriend has a record of public service - working hard, being an independent voice and delivering value to Aquidneck Island.

Cortvriend brings a fresh perspective to state government with a working knowledge of our community. She understands the needs of the Aquidneck Island community, Terri Cortvriend is the right choice for District 72.

Jim Miller, Middletown

A town charter prescribes how a town is governed and should have no political bias.

But in Tiverton the town charter has become a political battleground. It started when a group of nine people, affiliated with the Tiverton Taxpayers Association (TTA), were all elected to the Charter Review Commission (CRC). These people were very open about their political agenda and were voted in because of it.

After a year's worth of work, the CRC presented 40 proposed changes for Town Council approval and placement on the ballot. The Town Council threw all 40 proposals in the trash. The Town Council then put forward their own changes. In response, the CRC and the TTA are now advocating that the voters reject the Town Council's proposed changes.

In light of all this, I believe that the best course of action for the voters is to reject the Town Council's proposals.

By doing so the town charter will remain unchanged for now. To make any hasty, uninformed decisions in this contentious environment could result in changes that we may regret in the long run.

Stephen Clarke, Tiverton, Former Charter Review commissioner and Town Council candidate

I am proud to proclaim that I am not an endorsed Tiverton Taxpayers Association (TTA) candidate. Recently the TTA, under the guise of the Tiverton Town Republican Committee (TRC) that they recently took over, sent out a mailer to registered Republicans.

Within the mailer is a “scoring system.” Shockingly the top seven are endorsed TTA/TRC members. But don't take this survey too lightly as it actually has meaning. You see, the next two highest vote-getters have never held a substantial public office. So to score them at all is just plain baffling and comical and speaks volumes of their “methodology” in coming up with such a “system.”

I am running for Town Council to protect all of Tiverton, not just a small group that has been told our taxes are too high. Do the comparisons yourself or ask a Realtor and they will tell that apples to apples Tiverton is the middle of the road on taxes. As to the charter amendment questions on the ballot, of the eight local questions, three of them are from the CRC as proposed and two are CRC based with additional or slightly changed language. So why do they ask you to “vote no on all charter changes”? I am a supporter of Question 10 to restrict the gaming revenue and Question 11 to tighten the Financial Town Referendum (but not eliminate it).

Question 10 will allow Tiverton to begin to stabilize our budget and lower taxes. It will allow us to begin to replace our aging fleets of service vehicles. It will allows us to finally get on a road paving schedule that is funded properly. It will allow us to improve our recreational facilities for all of us to use.

Finance professionals agree that the restricting of gaming revenue to systematically lower our budget is the smart way to go. This revenue is only a guarantee until 2030.

What will happen to your taxes in 2030 if we rely on gaming revenue to be used for the operational budget? You got it...tax rate skyrockets.

Question 11 will restore a bit of order in our town.

We have department heads (that the TTA proposes in their mailer that we give more power to), a town administrator, an elected Town Council and School Committee and an elected Budget Committee that all review our budget before it goes to the voters. We should not have to battle year over year with a petitioner and 50 signatures that attempts to undermine the process in place and slyly attempt to reduce the bare bones services this town provides.

We need to elect a mix of folks that have experience and breath new life into our community. I kindly ask for your support and endorse Joseph Perry, Patricia Hilton and Denise deMedeiros for Town Council. Please support Michael DeCotis, Jennifer Joslyn, Deborah Janick and Stuart Gilfillen for Budget Committee. Let's move Tiverton forward.

David J. Paull, Tiverton The writer is a candidate for Tiverton Town Council.

Davis has Portsmouth's best interest in mind

I met Ray Davis quite a few years ago while working together on the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition. In these years I found a man with a passion for the betterment of the community and the individuals that live here. We don't always agree on issues, but I am not looking for that in a candidate, I'm looking for someone who wants to ensure the best for us all.

His successes and dedication to social services, the public, and more importantly our youth is unmatched.

After the meetings we would often talk and I now consider him a friend and a mentor.

He has seen and experienced more than so many and has always come out on top.

I have never in my life endorsed any candidate, and I try to stay away from political talk in general. I have always listened and read about every candidate and tried to make what I felt were the proper decisions. Having a man of Davis' character representing the best interests of Portsmouth was too important for me to not say something publicly. I respect anyone who puts themselves out for public service regardless of their positions, but I happen to know this man and it would be a shame to not have Davis as one of our seven council people.

I will be looking for Davis on my ballot when casting my vote.

I ask that all voters take a look at all the candidates before this important election, do what you feel is best, but I think all can agree that Ray Davis checks all the boxes.

Scott Sullivan, Portsmouth

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