2009-09-17 / News

Local candidates file nominating papers

By Stacy Jones

Local elections for positions on the Town Council, School Committee and as Town Moderator will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3. All 12 candidates who initially filed candidacy papers in August have filed nominating papers, which guarantees that their names will appear on the election ballot.

The Jamestown Press included brief biographies of eight of the candidates in its Aug. 27 edition. Four candidates did not respond by the press deadline and were not included in that article. The following is a quick look at those four candidates:
Town Moderator
Name: James A. Donnelly
Age: 59
Affiliation: Democrat
Career: Attorney
Political experience: Current
town moderator
Why running/top issue: Running
unopposed as moderator.
Jamestown residency: 33

Town Council

Name: Robert Bowen
Age: 55
Affiliation: Democrat

Career: IT manager at the University of Rhode Island for the last 12 years. Formerly a research chemist at the EPA laboratory in Narragansett (has a degree in chemistry from URI).

Political experience: First time running for political office; has served on the Jamestown Harbor Management Commission for the last five years, the Jamestown Wind Energy Committee for the last two years and served one year on the Traffic Commission.

Why running/top issue: Preserving the diversity of people living in our community. “We need to look at taking better care of our public infrastructure and look to make our recreation areas places for all residents. We need to stay on top of our budget and look to keep our taxes equitable in the face of harsher times ahead.”

Jamestown residency: 10 years
Name: Michael Schnack
Age: 47
Affiliation: Democrat

Career: Director of labor relations, Veolia Water, a large water and wastewater operations company.

Political experience: Ambulance Association Compensation Committee; Planning Commission; Personnel Board; Town Council; Charter Review Committee

Why running /top issue: Protecting resources and infrastructure. “Many major issues have been resolved in the past few years. But we still must be vigilant in maintaining our infrastructure; keeping our taxes affordable by deciding what level services we expect from the town and managing our budget accordingly. We also need to protect our water resources and find ways to ensure that the cost of our water infrastructure does not become prohibitively expensive.”

Jamestown residency: 12 years
Name: Michael F. Smith.
Age: 64
Affiliation: Independent

Career: President of M. F. Smith Associates, Ltd., a residential general contracting company, since 1975 and also president of Solar Homes, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of solar heating equipment. Served four years in the R.I. National Guard as an artillery battery commander and four years in the Army as an artillery survey instructor.

Political experience: Served two terms as president of the Jamestown Town Council from 1975 to 1979, and was also active in the campaigns of governors Bruce Sundlun and Lincoln Almond. Served on the R.I. Public Building Authority as vice chairman and served on the Jamestown Planning Board for seven years, the last as chairman.

Why running/top issue: Civic duty. “Jamestown will always be a small town; the problems we face will always be those of a small town with limited resources. I want to help keep it the same nice town, a good place to grow up, a good place to live and work, and a good place to retire in. My goals include transparency in government, managing resources efficiently with accountability and fair play for all, encouraging the younger generations to jump in and get involved.”

Jamestown residency: 55 years

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