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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Charlestown Democratic candidates file their declarations

Concentrating on control of Town Council because that's where the power is
By Will Collette
Topping the ticket: Rep. Donna Walsh & Council Vice-Pres. Paula Andersen

Today was the deadline for candidates for election to file their Declarations of candidacy at Town Hall. 

Led by incumbent State Representative Donna Walsh and incumbent Town Council Vice-President Paula Andersen, three other Democrats filed their declarations to run for Charlestown Town Council as the endorsed Democratic slate.

They are:
  • Brandon Cleary, a professional fire fighter with the Cranston Fire Department. Brandon has served on the Planning Commission as the first Democrat elected to Planning in almost a decade. He has decided to run for Council where he believes he can make more of a distance.
  • Nick Bottai, a student at URI. Many of you have already met Nick who waits tables at the Breachway Grill as one of the several jobs he does to try to pay his tuition. Nick is active in the URI Democrats and is eager to serve his hometown in his first quest for public office.
  • Ron Russo, a retired businessman. Ron has been active on the Charlestown Economic Improvement Commission and is also making his first bid for public office in the hope of bringing some sanity to the way Charlestown treats its citizens and small businesses.



Long-time incumbent Town Moderator Henry Walsh is also seeking re-election. He serves the important role of making sure that the town’s process for adopting its annual budget is done in compliance with the law, particularly Charlestown’s Home Rule Charter and with full and open public participation.

My wife Catherine O’Reilly Collette and I filed our declaration papers to continue for another term as State Democratic Committee members.

Regina DeAngelo has filed to continue serving on the Representative District 36 Committee.

Declared candidates to fill the 15 positions on the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee when it begins its 2015-16 term in January are:
  1. Nick Bottai
  2. Mike Breton
  3. Dawne Burns
  4. Catherine O’Reilly Collette
  5. Will Collette
  6. Regina DeAngelo
  7. Linda Felaco
  8. Tom Ferrio
  9. Jane “Ginger” Glander
  10. Frank Glista
  11. John Hamilton
  12. Tim Quillen
  13. Ron Russo
  14. Donna Walsh
  15. Henry Walsh
Charlestown Democrats are also supporting Sen. Cathie Cool Rumsey for re-election. Her district includes the northern half of Charlestown. Cathie files her candidate papers in Exeter where she lives.

Charlestown Democrats also passed a resolution of support for Rep. Larry Valencia for re-election. 

Even though Larry no longer represents any part of Charlestown after re-districting, he is still a friend of Charlestown and a close ally to Donna Walsh in the General Assembly.

Check in with Progressive Charlestown for all the local election coverage in depth.