Sunday, November 2, 2014

Out and About

State Rep. Donna Walsh and Town Council Vice President Paula Andersen have been out meeting voters in our Canvassing Utility Vehicle.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Follow the CCA Money

On October 18th and 19th the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee held two fundraising gatherings so that they could introduce their local candidates to the voting public. 

The turnout was good and they made a little money, but outside of Democrats some interesting visitors turned up.......Republicans and Independents. Overall, more Republicans and Independents showed up than Democrats. Although they had many local concerns, the one thing that stood out was their concern over the continued takeover of our town government by the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) and their "out-of-state" money fundraising machine. 

 So I decided to do a bit of research and found the following:

What is the Charlestown Citizens Alliance? The CCA is a Political Action Committee or (PAC), which is registered with the State of Rhode Island. 

What is a PAC? PAC's are formed by special-interest groups to raise money.

How much money has the CCA PAC raised? At the end of the last filing period with the Board of Elections, the CCA had a starting balance of $13,942.32. After expenses, their ending balance for this period was $10,595.45.

How much is out-of-state money? 50-60%.

Where do their candidates live? The CCA has five candidates running for Town Council and one for Town Moderator. Of those six, three live in Quonochontaug and one in Arnolda, both of which are expensive waterfront communities.

Who runs the CCA? According to their web site, the CCA is run by their "Steering Committee" which consists of eight members, three of whom live out of state and are not residents of Charlestown.

Are they all independent candidates? Yes, all the CCA candidates are running as independent or unaffiliated but are under the control of their "Steering Committee".

Before casting your vote, you may want to consider the following questions: 
  • What do you think of the way this organization is run? 
  • Do you think that these individuals can relate to the hard working families of Charlestown? 
  •  Do you want your town to be controlled by "out-of-state" money and to be governed by people who don't reside in our town? 
 I know I don't.

Please vote for the local Democratic Candidates and help them give the CCA a run for its ("out-of- state") money.

Jane Glander, Charlestown
This Letter to the Editor was previously published in The Westerly Sun

Water Discrimination

After almost twenty years of owning a summer home in Charlestown, I recently became a resident and with that came the privilege of registering as a new voter. I have learned a bit about my newly acquired town government by talking to friends and business people in town and hope to participate in the near future.

While visiting one of the local coffee shops, I overheard a conversation about a state agency that came into Charlestown to find a fresh water source for the residents of the Cross Mills area. Needless to say, I was immediately engaged in their conversation because not only do I live in this area but my well was contaminated during the 100 year storm that we all experienced a few years back. In my neighborhood, lot sizes are small, homes are very close together and the septic systems are too near our well water. As I started to participate in the conversation, one gentleman told me to go to the Town of Charlestown's web site and watch the Town Council meeting of June 9, 2014, which you can find under "Clerk Base" to get more information. It took awhile but I found it under.....NEW BUSINESS 8b.

As I headed home to view this video on my computer, I thought to myself, how great is it to have moved to a state that is so forward thinking that they are preserving future water sources for its citizens. After all, the health of their citizenry should be the first and foremost function of any town or state government.

As I watched with anticipation and listened for a few moments, I couldn't believe my ears. I thought, "Who are these three men on the Town Council and why are the attacking this man from the State's Water Resources Board? Don't they realize that the residents of our town need fresh drinking water? Don't they realize that we may be drinking, cooking and bathing in our neighbor's sewerage?"

After watching this antagonistic town meeting, I researched the local papers and found some interesting information. The three men on the Town Council are from a group called the Charlestown Citizens Alliance. They were very negative. Imagine, your state sends a representative to your town, wants to purchase land that will be held in trust, it won't cost the Charlestown taxpayers anything, the land becomes open-space and that water is preserved forever. Who are these people that run this town?

Additionally, three of the six Alliance candidates that are being challenged for election enjoy fresh water because they have a public water supply. It is rather hypocritical that fresh water is good for them but not for my neighborhood. Don't other taxpayers deserve clean water?

As Election Day nears, we all need to review each candidate's stand on issues. After speaking with Democratic candidates, I came to appreciate their concern for the necessity of providing our citizens with clean water. On Nov.4 we, the voters of Charlestown, have a choice. Please help protect the right to enjoy clean, fresh water by voting for the democratic slate. Re-elect Town Council Vice President Paula Andersen, along with Brandon Cleary and Ron Russo. They will help preserve fresh water for our future.

Susan O'Donnell, Charlestown
This Letter to the Editor was previously published in The Westerly Sun

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CCA Bullying Tactics Won't Work

Have you noticed that over the past couple of weeks the Charlestown Citizens Alliance (CCA) has gone into "ATTACK MODE" against the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee? Why do you think this is?

Could it be that the incumbent democratic candidate for Town Council, Vice President Paula Andersen, who won three of the four voting districts along with the mail-in ballot count in the last election, might have them a little on edge? 

Could it be that they are so fearful that she and our other candidates, Brandon Cleary and Ronald Russo might take the council majority in this election? 

You bet they are. Why else would this Political Action Committee (PAC) who claim to be so CIVIL (respect for differing opinions), INCLUSIVE (represent the population in its entirety and guard against domination by special interests) as they attest on their web site, use the bullying tactics we see and will continue to see in the upcoming week? If they are truly CIVIL, why have they resorted to negative campaigning? If they are truly INCLUSIVE and guard against special interest, like themselves, why are they running a candidate for every office in Charlestown....isn't that domination?

The CCA controls the Planning Commission, refused to re-appoint Zoning Board members so that they could gain control of that board by replacing them with the CCA faithful and appointed School Committee members from their own membership, but that's not they want it all. Their hunger and thirst for power has no bounds. They want to control our entire town government...period.

Good government comes from opposing factions coming together for the good of the whole so that all of our citizens have a voice in our future.

On Nov. 4th, give yourself a voice in our town government by voting for the Charlestown Democratic slate. Re-elect Town Council Vice President Paula Andersen and help elect Town Council Candidates Brandon Cleary and Ronald Russo along with Henry Walsh for Town Moderator.

Letter to the Editor from Frank Glista, Charlestown
Glista is a member of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee

Beware of False Independents

In-de-pend-dent - not dependent: as not subject to control by others, not affiliated with a larger controlling unit, not requiring or relying on something else, not looking to others for one's opinions or for guidance in conduct, not bound by or committed to a political party (Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

In the upcoming Charlestown local election, there are nine candidates on the ballot who will be listed as Independent. There is only one candidate who fits the definition as stated above: Craig Louzon, who is running his campaign with his own opinions and financing.

The claim by Charlestown Citizens Alliance that their candidates are true "independent candidates" is questionable and misleading when you consider the following:
  • They are all endorsed by one political group - Charlestown Citizens Alliance 
  • They campaign under a unified platform - Charlestown Citizens Alliance 
  • They campaign as united candidates - Charlestown Citizens Alliance 
  • 100 percent campaign financing by one entity - Charlestown Citizens Alliance 
  • 60 percent out-of-state financing - Charlestown Citizens Alliance 
Charlestown Citizens Alliance is not an officially-recognized political party; they are a registered Political Action Committee or PAC whose sole purpose, by definition, is to raise money for special interest groups. If their candidates are truly independent, why is it not a single one has offered their own platform, sent out their own campaign material or secured any individual funding?

With Charlestown Citizens Alliance providing everything for their campaign, how can their candidates claim to be independent? More importantly, can they be trusted to be "independent" if elected?

Your vote is important. Vote on Nov. 4 and please support Paula Andersen, Brandon Cleary, and Ron Russo for Town Council, Henry Walsh for Town Moderator and Craig Louzon for School Committee.

Suzanne Ferrio
The writer is a member of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet our candidates this weekend

Events on Saturday and Sunday to
have a snack and chat with our candidates.

Saturday, October 18, 
from 2 to 4 pm at the Quonochontaug Grange,
5664 Post Road.

These candidates will be there:
  • Donna Walsh - for re-election as your State Representative for District 36 
  • Paula Andersen - for re-election to Town Council 
  • Brandon T. Cleary - for Town Council 
  • Ronald Russo - for Town Council 
  • Henry Walsh - for re-election as Town Moderator 

RSVP is optional on our Facebook page.

Sunday, October 19, from 2 to 4 pm at K & S Pizza, 469 Carolina Back Road.

These candidates will be there:
  • Donna Walsh - for re-election as your State Representative for District 36 
  • Paula Andersen - for re-election to Town Council 
  • Brandon T. Cleary - for Town Council 
  • Ronald Russo - for Town Council 
  • Henry Walsh - for re-election as Town Moderator 

RSVP is optional on our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you and our candidates are eager to meet you to discuss your questions, concerns and vision for Charlestown.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Great time at The Breachway Grill

Congressman Jim Langevin talking to Town Council
candidate Brandon Cleary and son Logan.
Town Council candidate Ron Russo in background, left.
Our candidates were pleased to have conversations with a number of voters and we were honored to have U.S. Representative Jim Langevin visit on Saturday.

The rain washed out his plans for door-to-door canvassing visits with Donna Walsh and some of our Council candidates but Langevin still attended our Snack & Chat event at The Breachway Grill.

The pizza was great and, before we knew it, we had run over our planned 4 pm end time.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

CCA no show.....again.

The following letter was published in The Westerly Sun. Author Frank Glista is a member of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee and submitted the letter for publication here.

On Sunday October 5th, the Charlestown Rathskeller restaurant hosted an event called "The First Annual Twin Peaks Preservation Stroll". This well advertised American Cancer Society fundraising event catered to those who are or have suffered with breast cancer. It was a beautiful crisp morning as the crowd of over 100 people gathered to share stories about this horrific disease and the loved ones that it has taken, but also to celebrate the ones that have survived.

Rep. Donna Walsh took the microphone and told the audience about the legislation that she co-sponsored named "The Dense Breast Notification and Information Act" that took effect on October 1st. Because it is difficult to detect a tumor in dense breast tissue during a mammogram, this act allows women to be notified immediately for further testing, if this condition exists. The crowd applauded enthusiastically.

Our Town Council Vice President, Paula Andersen, privately shared stories about her paternal grandmother, two aunts and her daughter-in-law who have all experienced this ravaging illness. One speaker asked the crowd to raise their hands if they have breast cancer or have survived it. I was absolutely shocked to see the number hands reach to the sky letting the world know that this illness has touched their lives. I felt honored to witness the strength of these beautiful women who are committed to conquering this disease.

Although this was not a political event, comments were made. As we walked along Old Coach, Road during the 5K portion of the fundraiser, we passed one of the "bigger than life" Charlestown Citizens Alliance signs supporting all of the Independent candidates that are running for Town Council. I overheard one of the comments made by a woman walking ahead of me, "I wonder why none of these people are here?" she asked her friend as she pointed to the sign. Although I remained silent, it gave me reason to pause and reflect on her question.
Surely the Independent candidates, that are supported by the CCA, or their members have loved ones that have or are suffering from this terrible disease? Is weekend canvassing and winning an election really more important than supporting and participating in this wonderful local event?

Frank Glista

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meet our candidates today!

Have a snack and chat with our candidates.
Representative Jim Langevin will attend.

Today: Saturday, October 11, from 2 to 4 pm at The Breachway Grill, One Charlestown Beach Road.

Have a taste of their popular pizza.

These candidates will be there:

  • Donna Walsh - for re-election as your State Representative for District 36
  • Jim Langevin - for re-election as your U.S. Congressman
  • Paula Andersen - for re-election to Town Council
  • Brandon T. Cleary - for Town Council
  • Ronald Russo - for Town Council
  • Henry Walsh - for re-election as Town Moderator

RSVP is optional on our Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you and our candidates are eager to meet you to discuss your questions, concerns and vision for Charlestown.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Our Candidates at local breast cancer awareness event

Paula and Donna at The Rathskeller after the Stroll
Our State Representative Donna Walsh and Town Council Vice-President Paula Andersen walked in today's Twin Peaks Preservation Stroll.

Donna was also one of the speakers before the walk, at the Charlestown Rathskeller Tavern.

All proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Committee announces events to meet our candidates

Four events are scheduled
Your Charlestown Democratic Town Committee is pleased to announce four opportunities to have some snacks and chat with our candidates for Town Council and Town Moderator.

October 9, 5:30 – 7:30 pm,  Charlestown Gallery, 5000 South County Trail
October 11, 2 – 4 pm,  The Breachway Grill, 1 Charlestown Beach Road
October 18, 2 – 4 pm,  Quonochontaug Grange, 5664 Post Road
October 19, 2 – 4 pm, K & S Pizza, 469 Carolina Back Road

We invite you to attend and talk to
  • Donna Walsh - for re-election as your State Representative for District 36
  • Paula Andersen - for re-election to Town Council
  • Brandon T. Cleary - for Town Council
  • Ronald Russo - for Town Council
  • Henry Walsh - for Town Moderator
Also attending our event on October 9 at the Charlestown Gallery will be Cathie Cool Rumsey, standing for re-election as State Senator for District 34 representing the northern part of Charlestown.

Our candidates look forward to seeing you there!

You may RSVP at our Facebook page.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Beach Cleanup Day

Your Democratic Town Committee members and candidates had a great time at Save The Bay's International Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday morning. The weather was wonderful; a great day to walk the beach.

On the left, Town Council candidates Brandon Cleary and Paula Andersen.

On the right, Terri Hamilton and Committee members Frank Glista and John Hamilton.

On the right, State Representative Donna Walsh, running for re-election in District 36 which includes Charlestown and Ronald Russo running for Town Council.

There were many cigarette butts to be found in the sand...

Below, Committee members Frank Glista and Suzanne Ferrio, Save The Bay South County Coastkeeper David Prescott, Committee member John Hamilton and Terri Hamilton.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Charlestown's Town Council takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Including our candidate for re-election, Paula Andersen.
Filmed at 5:20 pm Friday, September 12.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Vote in the September 9 Primary

This year, the September 9 Democratic Primary is more important than ever. We have important choices to make among Democratic candidates for the major state offices, choosing from a wide range of backgrounds, personalities and visions for our state.

After carefully considering all the candidates, the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee believes the following candidates for state office are the best, not only for the state, but for Charlestown. All of these candidates took the time to visit Charlestown to talk to our Committee. This is not just about "some election in Providence", it's about making choices that will make a difference here.

The polls will be open from 9 am until 8 pm. There are four polling stations; find yours by putting your address in at the RI Elections website here.

This mailing went out to all registered Democrats in town. Independents may also vote in the Democratic primary. (This will cause the voter to become registered as a Democrat but that can be quickly reversed, if desired, by asking to "disaffiliate" after voting.)

When you vote on September 9, please choose:

Clay Pell for Governor
Clay has fresh, detailed ideas and a positive, inclusive style that gives us hope in the future. Charlestown will gain from his plans to help small businesses grow; boost the tourism, green energy and maritime industries; increase state aid to towns; support our public schools and colleges and protect our shoreline. Pell's website.
Guillaume DeRamel for Secretary of State
Guillaume is a small business owner and philanthropist who intends to make sure the Secretary of State’s office helps Charlestown businesses grow and prosper. He’ll make voter registration and voting easier and expand voter rights. DeRamel's website.
Seth Magaziner for General Treasurer
No more “business as usual.” Charlestown will benefit from Seth’s Blueprint for jobs & growth; investing of our state’s money in RI; secure retirements; financial empowerment education. Magaziner's website.

Ralph Mollis for Lieutenant Governor
In Ralph’s two terms as Secretary of State, he eased the paperwork burden on small business and increased transparency. He helped Charlestown’s Economic Improvement Commission on their regional forums. Mollis' website.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pell campaign, CDTC-endorsed candidate for Governor, releases first TV ad

Clay Pell for Governor
On Tu‌es‌da‌y, I had the privilege of taking the stage at the first debate of this campaign and laying out my plan to make Rhode Island ready for tom‌orr‌ow. If you tuned in, you clearly saw that I am the only candidate with a real plan -- one that I can put into action beginning on my first day as governor.

As my campaign jumps into high gear, I wanted you -- as one of my strongest supporters -- to be the first to see my first TV ad. This ad helps Rhode Islanders to get to know me better -- by hearing about my values, my experience, and my plan.

Watch the video today!

I'm running for governor because I believe that working families need help now. That is why I am calling for an immediate raise in the minimum wage. It's why I oppose changing the estate tax and giving a tax break to the wealthiest among us at the expense of programs that serve low-income Rhode Islanders.

I'll put our state back on course by fixing our infrastructure; by advocating for a women's equality agenda; by ensuring all Rhode Islanders have access to a world-class education through my Hope Scholars and Hope Internship programs; and by ending the culture of cynicism, cronyism, and pay-to-play politics that has bedeviled our state for too long.

This ad is the first step in getting our message out to Rhode Islanders. And I know I can count on you to help me now, through the Sep‌temb‌er 9 primary election, and beyond.

Thank you so much for your support. Together, we will make Rhode Island ready for tomorrow.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Whom do you stand by? Students or big banks?

Tell Congress to give students a fair shot -- it's the right thing to do.

I know where I stand. I'm joining 24 of my colleagues -- including Senators Elizabeth Warren, Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, and Kirsten Gillibrand -- to co-sponsor the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.

We're fixing a glaring problem with student loan interest rates that's currently hurting young Americans. And we'll pay for this bill by implementing the Buffett Rule, my legislation that requires multi-million-dollar earners to pay a minimum federal tax rate of 30 percent.

Everyone in America striving for a college degree deserves a fair shot at an education without crushing debt. Yet, the cost of college has skyrocketed and middle-class incomes have remained stagnant.

We need you to stand with us before this week's vote on Senator Elizabeth Warren's student loan bill. It's the right thing to do for students, and it's the right thing to do to help build our country's future.

Passing this bill would mean finally implementing the Buffett Rule, which I introduced to the Senate in 2012. It's a huge step forward for fairness -- this bill would offer our students relief from costly loans, and pay for the new plan by ensuring that millionaires and billionaires contribute their fair share in taxes.

Making college affordable should be a no-brainer: there's no reason hardworking students and their middle-class families should be paying a higher tax rate than someone making millions of dollars a year. We should invest in our students, not profit off of them.
When young adults shoulder loan debt, it shadows them for decades and brings their big life decisions -- buying a home, starting a family, launching a business -- to a grinding halt. This country can't afford to set back an entire generation. Rewarding hard work with loan relief is the right thing to do for students, and the right thing to do to help build our country's future.

Last year, large bipartisan majorities agreed that federal loan rates were far too high and voted to lower them for new borrowers -- but they did nothing for existing borrowers, who are still paying sky-high rates on more than $1.2 trillion in debt.
These students need our help, fast. This excessive debt burden stands in the way of our students and the future they work so hard to achieve.

We have a chance to bring fairness back to this system when the Senate votes on the bill this week, by allowing borrowers to refinance to new, lower interest rates.

Thanks for all you do,
Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator

Monday, May 19, 2014

Take action on climate change


Join us May 21 to sound the alarm on climate change.
In March, I stayed up all night with thirty other senators to urge Congress to take immediate action on climate change.

Last week, the National Climate Assessment confirmed that climate change is real, it's already altering our daily lives, and we have the power to slow it down. And now, we're bringing the wake-up call right to Congress' front door.

As co-chairs of the Climate Action Task Force, Senator Barbara Boxer and I invite you to join us on Ma‌y 2‌1, 2‌014 when we kick off the Capitol Hill Climate Action Rally to wake up Congress to climate change. Other climate champions in the House and Senate will join us to show public support for action on climate change.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Help working families!

Take action now to give a tax cut to hardworking Americans

Hardworking American families deserve a raise.

That's why the three of us are going to keep fighting, every day, to raise the minimum wage. And it's why we're joining together to urge passage of our 21st Century Worker Tax Cut Act.

Our new legislation would modernize the tax code to help working families keep more of what they earn -- and pay for it by closing tax loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans and big corporations to avoid paying their fair share.

Together, we can give American workers and their families a better chance to get ahead in today's economy. But we need your help to show that our new plan has broad grassroots support.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's time for action on climate change!

Stand with President Obama and me to lead the fight against climate change.

Urge Congress to take action to fight climate change today.
Four years of work. Over 4,000 public comments. Thirteen federal agencies and more than 250 researchers and scientists. 

And we now have the third National Climate Assessment (NCA) -- the most comprehensive study of its kind confirming that climate change is real, it's already altering our daily lives, and we have the power to slow it down.

On Tuesday, President Obama unveiled the NCA, highlighting these key findings. It provides a grim outlook of what our future will look like if we fail to drastically cut carbon pollution.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Rep. Langevin announces openings at Job Corps

Program Open to Twenty-Four Additional Students

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced that the Exeter Job Corps program is now eligible to increase their on-board strength (OBS) by an additional 24 students. Exeter was selected for this increase by the Employment and Training Administration Office of Job Corps.

“Sustainable job creation requires an increased focus on training our workforce and closing the skills gap in the sectors of the economy with the most growth potential,” said Langevin, who co-chairs the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus. 

“The Exeter Job Corps continues to successfully identify those sectors and empowers its young members to learn those job skills that will make them competitive candidates in the workforce. From health IT to manufacturing, construction to culinary arts, Exeter Job Corps programs produce highly-capable, hardworking young people who go on to become leaders in their chosen fields.”

Sunday, May 4, 2014

House Democrats Introduce the Green Bank Act of 2014

Washington, D.C. – Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen introduced the Green Bank Act of 2014 with cosponsors Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT), and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT).

Green Bank legislation was embraced on a bipartisan basis in both the House and Senate in 2009, and eventually included as the Clean Energy Deployment Administration in the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act later that year. Since that time, the Green Bank movement has moved to the states.  

Four states – Connecticut, New York, Vermont, and Hawaii – have now established their own state green banks, and 10 more are at various stages of exploring this forward-looking, cost-effective public policy tool.  In addition to authorizing direct financing support for priority clean energy and energy efficiency projects across the United States, this legislation also recognizes and reflects the growing Green Bank movement occurring in our states by authorizing the Green Bank to partner with and provide seed funding to state clean energy financing institutions.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Charlestown Democrats endorse Seth Magaziner for General Treasurer

On April 21, the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee unanimously voted to endorse Seth Magaziner for Rhode Island General Treasurer.

“Rhode Island needs leaders who will bring fresh ideas to state government and help our economy to grow,” said Chairwoman Cathy Collette. “The committee unanimously voted to endorse Seth because of his commitment to creating jobs and building infrastructure that will allow Rhode Island to move forward.”

 “I am honored to have the backing of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee and I am excited to work with them to help get Rhode Island back on track,” said Magaziner. “As a professional investor, I will bring a steady hand to our state’s finances and focus on investments that will create jobs and encourage small business growth in Rhode Island.”

The Charlestown Dems join the Barrington Democratic Town Committee in endorsing Seth’s candidacy. Seth Magaziner is an investment professional from Bristol. He worked as a Vice President at Trillium Asset Management, which manages more than $1 billion in assets.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Charlestown Democratic Town Committee Endorses Clay Pell for Governor

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Charlestown Democratic Town Committee announced its unanimous endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell. The committee, chaired by Cathy O’Reilly Collette, voted to support Clay at their monthly meeting at the Charlestown Police Station on April 21. 

“Clay is the right candidate, right now, for Rhode Island. He has leadership experience in the Coast Guard. He brings a fresh, clean perspective to government, as he did for President Obama at the National Security Council and the Department of Education.  We were impressed with both his optimism and his vision of a more prosperous Rhode Island,” said Chair Cathy Collette. 

“He will build on what makes our state unique in order to revitalize our economy, invest in our roads and bridges and other vital infrastructure needs, and see that all of our children have access to a world-class education.”

Charlestown is the second Democratic town committee to endorse Clay, along with Johnston, which announced its endorsement earlier this year.

“I deeply appreciate the support of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee and Chairwoman Collette,” said Pell. “I look forward to working with them – along with other South County communities and Democrats throughout the state – to build a winning campaign in the months ahead.” 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"People like to be asked"

Charlestown Democrats endorse Langevin re-election

The Charlestown Democratic Town Committee (CDTC) is pleased to announce that it unanimously voted to endorse Second District Representative Jim Langevin for re-election. “We are also proud to note,” said CDTC Chair Cathy O’Reilly Collette, “that we are the first municipal committee to endorse Rep. Langevin in 2014.”

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Charlestown Democrats the first to endorse Mollis for Lieutenant Governor

Mollis for Lt. Governor Announces Major Wave of Endorsements
From the Mollis for Lt. Governor Campaign

PROVIDENCE, RI – Candidate for Lt. Governor A. Ralph Mollis announces today that he has received the endorsements of four Democratic Town Committees. These committees are (in the order they were received): Charlestown, Smithfield, Barrington, and North Kingstown.

Notably, Mollis has received the endorsements of every committee that has endorsed thus far. Also, both the Charlestown and Smithfield Committees voted unanimously for Mollis.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In memoriam, Nuala Pell

RI Dem Party Logo

Nuala Pell 1924-2014 
Photo Credit: Connie Grosch Photography

This week, we mourn the loss of an extraordinary woman: Nuala Pell.  

From an early age, Nuala exhibited a desire to help others and lived that value every day of her life. Her compassion, kindness, and grace were always on display in her work on humanitarian efforts, dedication to educational access and excellence, and support of the arts. Her commitment to the Democratic Party and our values was undeniable, and she set the standard for future generations. There is no doubt Nuala will leave a lasting legacy on the lives of Rhode Islanders for generations. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pell family at this difficult time.


Thursday, April 10, 2014


Plan Adversely Affects Seniors, Students and the Middle Class

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to the Ryan Republican Budget, which passed the House by a vote of 219 to 205:

“At a time when Rhode Island is slowly pulling out of the recession, this budget pushes that progress back, protecting tax breaks and tax loopholes for corporations and millionaires at the expense of middle class families. The Republican budget slashes food assistance to Rhode Island families, makes college less affordable and eliminates the Medicare guarantee for our seniors. I am opposed to everything this budget stands for, including the gutting of investments in education, biomedical research and infrastructure.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Charlestown Dems become the first town committee to endorse deRamel for Secretary of State

PROVIDENCE (news release)– The Charlestown Democratic Town Committee has unanimously endorsed Aquidneck Island businessman Guillaume De Ramel and his campaign to become Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State.  Charlestown is the first town committee in the state to support any candidate in the Secretary of State’s race. 

“Guillaume De Ramel has the experience and vision needed to help move this state forward,” said Cathy O’Reilly Collette, Chairwoman of the Charlestown Democrats.  “The Charlestown Democrats are proud to be the first town committee to endorse his candidacy in 2014 and we do unanimously.” 

“I am thankful to Chairwoman Collette and the entire Charlestown Democratic Committee for their strong show of support for my campaign for Secretary of State,” said Guillaume.  “There is so much potential in our state and I know we can positively impact the business climate by cutting red-tape, increasing transparency, and creating a new way of doing business here in Rhode Island.

The Charlestown Democratic Committee joins North Providence Mayor Charlie Lombardi, former Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco – himself a former candidate for Secretary of State – and eleven members of the Providence City Council to publicly endorse Guillaume’s campaign. 

Current Secretary of State, A. Ralph Mollis, is term-limited from seeking re-election to the same office in 2014.