SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Many former candidates as well as some newcomers plan to run in this year’s elections for the town council and the school committee.
South Kingstown Town Council
Councilwoman Fogarty’s departure coupled with the decision of Mary “Polly” Eddy not to seek re-election will leave two vacancies on the South Kingstown Town Council.
Eddy is retiring after a 10-year term on the council.
“I think it’s time for me to get off and give someone else a chance to run,” Eddy said. “I’ve had a great time. I think it’s great for people to get more involved and find out what’s going on in town; it’s a beautifully run town.”
Eddy mentioned that she was pleased with the budgetary decisions, which have taken place during her tenure, mentioning that the town’s budget has only increased by one cent. She was also proud of the town’s recycling program.
Council President Ella Whaley and Vice President Carol Hagan McEntee, both Democrats, will seek re-election. Councilman Jim O’Neill, a Democrat who runs as an Independent, is also an incumbent in the race.
Democrat Fred Frostic, who was appointed to finish an open spot on the school committee in 2008 and unsuccessfully ran for town council in 2010, will run again for the council this year.
Republican Andrew McNulty of Green Hill also ran unsuccessfully for town council in 2010; he will run again this year.
Democrat Meg Clossick-Healy, former president of the South County Chamber of Commerce and the South Kingstown Lions Club will make her first run for public office. She plans to draw upon her business background, as a former vice president at Citizens Bank and the current business manager at Wickford Kitchen and Bath in North Kingstown, to focus on South Kingstown’s economic development.
“Living in the town of South Kingstown, the vibrancy of that town consists of small businesses and one of the most important assets to embrace is the small business community,” Clossick-Healy said.
Clossick-Healy has extensive community involvement, ranging from sports, to her church, to the revitilization of Main Street.
She chose this year to run as her youngest child recently graduated from South Kingstown High School and will be attending Salve Regina University.
“I have always been committed to this town,” Clossick-Healy said. “And now I think it’s time for me to do more.”
Republican John “Skip” Uhl also plans to run for town council. Uhl said he was inspired to run after reading an op-ed in The Providence Journal prompting residents to get involved with their local governments.
“I want to make a contribution, I want to give back to the community,” Uhl said. “We are, as a nation, in fiscal trouble. I think it begins at the most basic level, which is local and town government.”
Uhl, who has a master’s degree in finance, spent 22 years working in the CVS corporate office as the assistant controller. He retired from that position in 2010 and moved from Cumberland to South Kingstown. Uhl now works in manufacturing for Rand-Whitney in Montville, Conn.
“I feel I can bring some perspective that is new and interesting,” Uhl said. “Hopefully the people of South Kingstown will see the ‘R’ beside my name as a Republican and see it through and pick the person.”
Democrats Paul Donnelly and Sheila A. Reilly, Republican Sean A. O’Donnell and Moderate Thomas Browning have also filed the paperwork to run for town council.
South Kingstown School Committee
Four seats on the South Kingstown School Committee become open this election cycle. Current committee members Anthony Mega and Rick Angeli, both Democrats, will not seek re-election.
Incumbents Elizabeth Morris and S. Scott Mueller will both run again as Democrats.
Fellow Democrats Michelle Brousseau-Cavallaro, Francesca Elena Shiels and W. Keith Vorhaben, will also seek election.
Republican Roland E. Benjamin and Independent Jonathan Daly-LaBelle will also enter the school committee race.