Ceresi, Benson & Carter Drop Election Bids

Three candidates are already out of the running for seats on the town council and school committee.

The pool of candidates for seats on the North Kingstown Town Council and School Committee has just shrunk by three. According to the Board of Canvassers, three candidates failed to hand signatures to get on the ballot for this fall’s election.

Current , did not pick up the necessary forms to submit signatures Ceresi said he filed for town council because he was “seriously considering a run” but wanted to give himself a bit more time to make a decision.

Instead, Ceresi said he hopes to finish his second term on the school committee (set to expire in 2014). However, the results of the November’s election may change that, he adds.

“Hopefully voters don’t just run out and blindly pull the levers,” said Ceresi, an Independent. “I think if they continue to elect people to the school committee like Bill Mudge who are disruptive and divisive and don’t really offer solutions or get any work done, I will seriously consider resigning.”

Ceresi said he will remain with the committee if voters elect people who “can sincerely work together and get things done, regardless of party.” He was also critical of the behavior of certain members of the school committee and the bickering that occurs at meetings.

“It’s like a circus,” said Ceresi. “To sit up there and just be embarrassed by the petty bickering that goes on, that’s not something I want to be part of and volunteer what little free time I have in my schedule to.”

There will be at least one new face on the school committee as Democrat Melvoid Benson also failed to return her signatures before the Friday deadline. According to the Board of Canvassers, Benson picked up the necessary forms but did not return them.

Another no-go for this November is Democrat Kenneth Carter – a former longtime state representative who was ousted by Republican Doreen Costa in the 2010 election. Carter had declared his candidacy for the North Kingstown School Committee.


seed and soil July 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
@erin, why refine? Why not reinvent! I very much like the idea you present. @govstench offered some good points as well. No reason why we Patch readers could not organize our own effort/event. @erin and @govstench let me know what you think! I would be in for working toward putting two debate events together. What say you?
Dark star July 24, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Erin, The HS Democracy usually runs one of the forums. His name is Mr. Vierria (not sure about the spelling). The NK Chamber of Commerce I think used to run one. Martha Pughe is the new Executive Director there and she may want the chamber to be a sponsor once again. The League of Women Voters used to sponsor a forum, but when they would not change their format it died on the vine. Not sure who to contact there. I think the local teachers union also sponsors a forum, but that usually turns out to be an opportunity to skewer any fiscal conservative that appears on stage. Not sure who the contact would be there either.
Dark star July 24, 2012 at 01:13 PM
HS Democracy "class"
E July 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Seed and Soil - I'm game! Let's go for it! I will start by contacting Martha Pughe and let you know where that dialogue takes us. After reading today's Patch article about the possible push on the Nov. ballot to decrease SC from 7 to 5 members, it is now more vital than ever to get the best candidates on that committee!
E July 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Tired... Antics - thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I truly appreciate it.
NKGOP Watch July 25, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Actually, folks, I love women. Real women not these "Stepford Wives Lite" we have too many of nowadays. Same goes for these men as well, I respect what I respect.
Dark star July 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Any time Erin. Good luck!
Michele July 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Erin, I have begun going to school commitee meetings this year. Should have gone to a few much sooner......or at least watched them online. I now know whom on the committee I would re-elect and whom I would not. A lot of disfunction on the SC. I will be looking out for those meetings to evaluate new candidates!
seed and soil July 25, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Erin, when you contact Martha, leave your contact info and I will get it from her! I Look forward to meeting you and putting our heads together to make this a reality for the voters of NK!!
E July 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Seed...Soil - I will call her, but I am not at all a political type, and I actually think most politicians are sleazebags. I definitely am interested in attending a debate or forum, but do not know anything about creating one on a political level. All I could offer is my input about how such a venue could maximize voter education and minimize the pig roast mentality. My interest in SC elections is because I am a NK parent of kids in our public schools, a taxpayer, and have been a teacher in Warwick for the last 20 yrs. Education is my area of expertise.... not politics. But, TC affects SC, SC affects my kids. That's the extent of my political interest and knowledge.
NKGOP Watch July 25, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Erin, of COURSE not all NK wives are the Stepford variety. But the one sitting next to me at the forum is, and many, sadly, are. I would in fact place Martha "lets set up quadrants" Pughe squarely in the banal, Stepford class. She really should be washing a floor, not being appointed to run the Chamber of Commerce which is a hack outfit and needs to go in the right direction not the wrong one.
E July 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM
NKGOP - Cheryl Clarkin is a new candidate running for SC. She has my vote 100x over. Not only is she a dear friend, but she is as smart as a whip, classy - yet not Stepford -y, is able to get her point across with finesse, an independent thinker, and has an honest to goodness pure soul. I don't know a thing about any other new candidate for TC or SC, but I know Cheryl shares my passion for excellent educational initiatives. When I go to mtgs., I know she'll make me proud I voted for her. Now I just need to see who else will be a good fit,with a clean reputation and good interpersonal skills.
Dark star July 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
come on Watch, lay off of Martha Pughe. Did you know when she took over the L.I.N.K.S. program, it was on the verge of being de-funded? In addition bringing it back from the brink of extinction, she and her staff made it one of the most successful programs of its kind in the state. I have the utmost faith in her ability to do the same with the chamber. You are confusing her effervescence and positive attitude with being a doe-eyed robot. Big mistake.
NKGOP Watch July 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
"Both Ms. Clarkin and Mr. Jones echoed that they were convinced that the strengthened commitment to cooperation between the Town Council and School Committee would promote the ultimate success of our town". Obviously NKGOP's Clarkin is not enough of a "pure soul" to address the REAL cause of TC-SC disagreement, the NKGOP Town Council's legal and political attacks ad nauseoum, because they are Halley (the man who ripped off the town and the special needs kids for years) devotee's
NKGOP Watch July 26, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Lets see Ms "pure soul" Clarkins statement on Halley and how we can prevent such atrocities in the future. Since it DID HAPPEN< it is VERY relevent. - "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Reason and Common Sense - George Santayana
E July 26, 2012 at 01:09 AM
NKGOP - That's a huge stretch you're taking, and just not true. Clarkin's statement is NOT how you are perceiving it. Her children weren't even in NKSD during the Halley days. The statement was in reference to the present day SC and TC. It had absolutely nothing to do with Halley, so don't misconstrue what she was saying. Boy, you come out with such judgmental comments... it's like you're always looking to rabble - rouse. Halley devotee???? NKGOP - c'mon, get a clue! Look at the PERSON, not the PARTY they are affiliated with. Where do the stereotypes end??? Trying to give you the benefit of the doubt, but you make it difficult when tossing out these nonsensical, blanket statements.
Dark star July 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM
welcome to the wacky world of NKGOP WATCH, where Halley is still relevant and everyone with an "R" after their name is related to him. If mass generalization were a disease, NKGOP WATCH would need to be quarantined.
NKGOP Watch July 26, 2012 at 02:06 AM
"Erin" and "Tired" evidently cant read plain English, go back and read my actual comments not whet you WANT it to be saying. I said that this Clarkin lady has NOT repudiated Halley despite he being on the NKGOP "Chariot" in THIS YEARS Memorial Day Parade (He probably thought it was Memorializing his years of ruin). CLARKIN is in the party that placed HALLEY on THEIR Chariot THIS YEAR and I would like to see Clarkin repudiate Halley for what he did to our town for 14 long painful diffucult scandal-ridden years, SUPPORTED by the NKGOP all the way and now he is in the NKGOP. SO.... he and the issue IS relevant to THIS election. Do you get that Erin? Did you understand what the NKGOP Chariot with Halley in it in THIS 2012 years parade meant? The SAME party who has chosen to endorse Clarkin! HALLEYS CURRENT PARTY! - Clarkin is an NKGOP Hack who will NOT repudiate the DAMAGE and HARM Halley caused, in fact one time to a female War Veteran, humiliated her in his office. He was and is such a nut that if you so much as questioned him, he would retaliate. "Erin" do you KNOW, even KNOW what he did to the Avanzatos? He is accepted and voted in YOUR PARTY the NKGOP WITH CLARKIN. - Halley-NKGOP-2012 Parade-Clarkin. - But instead, Ms CLARKIN wants to imply that the SC and TC dont get along because of the SC, not the actual problem the TC. THAT is a direct NKGOP-Halley talking point. - CLARKIN offers us a chance to go back to the past. "Pure soul"? My a$$
Dark star July 26, 2012 at 02:18 AM
...and there you have it. NKGOP WATCH living in the past, placing an unbelievable amount of importance of one person riding on a hay wagon, carrying a torch that has burned out long ago to the point of unhealthy vengeance and drawing conclusions on people he/she has yet to meet. Its that kind of provincialism that keeps us from getting ahead.
Common Sense July 26, 2012 at 02:19 AM
A few observations: Martha is a great choice and not up to the public vote for approval as the CofC is a business organization and her appointment was made by the Board of Directors who are not asking for your approval NKGW. Erin you want to disregard party R or D but not recognize the good members on the S/C it would appear. A regular observer would note that there are currently 5 members ready, prepared and more than willing to do the business of the district...don't paint them all with the same brush. It also sounds like you are new to NK. The history of our town and why we are where we are now is important to know as we have been fed the same old story for years by the R's who have had their way for over 40+ years...and like it was said earlier...if you don't know the history you are bound to repeat the same mistakes. New blood is good...John Bosgarten has done a great job on S/C...but ask him how he has changed his opinion about the S/C et al since he has been on the committee. Good conversation about a voter information forum...I am looking forward to it and seeing many NK voters there to have their questions answered.
E July 26, 2012 at 01:59 PM
NKGOP - No, I understood your comment AS YOU WROTE IT above. Possibly the semantics you chose got in the way of what you wanted to say. You attacked a dear friend, said you aimed the comment at the R party for the Halley connection, then proceeded to attack Clarkin again. When I took issue w/ it, you ridiculed my reading skills because you know I'm a teacher. Just relax - don't be so quick to judge people, and twist what they say w / inaccurate supposition. Don't you understand that the more you demonize people w/ insults, the more it makes you look like the hack? (CR blogs case in point) Tired.. Antics - agree with all! Common Sense - the other 5 SC members are able to roll through the agenda and get the job done. They are prepared and know their stuff. Not that I like them all, or agree w/ all they say, but they do work hard! Scroll up to my second comment at beginning of article, gives kudos to Boscardin. I like your euphemism, "Don't paint them all w/ the same brush."... and I don't. I just choose to reserve comment on each individually. Lived in NK for 12 yrs., but kids went to private school for a while, so only had a vested interest in NKSD for the last 4 yrs. Don't know the history of all the SC-TC politico... wouldn't hurt to read up - sounds like there's a lot of material to help my flailing reading reading skills! ;)
NKGOP Watch July 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Correction I have no idea Erin here is a teacher. As to Clarkin, she is in nkgop and endorsed by them, and they have halley as an nkgop officer and Halley was on their Chariot of humiliation in the memorial Day parade THIS YEAR. AND Clarkin hs never repudiated what Halley did. Thta makes her at the very least a "person of interest" in the issue of keeping another halley scenario from coming upon us.
E July 26, 2012 at 03:35 PM
NKGOP - maybe you should read more carefully - my profession was stated right here if you scroll up - actually, directly above your 7:28pm Wed. comment!! We can agree though that Clarkin is a " person of interest" because she would definitely never advocate in the issue of allowing another Halley disaster coming upon us. - two can twist words - except my twist is in a positive light w/ an emphasis on accuracy. ;)
E July 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Seed... Soil - Just called C of C and left message for Martha. Also Facebook inboxed her on C of C page. I gave her all my contact info., so I await her response!
Paul Marshall July 26, 2012 at 07:03 PM
@Tired: YOU are CORRECT, sir! (said like Ed McMahon on Johnny Caarson show)..so many locals get their tails in a twist and hold a grudge for some slight from some politician, then use the "GUILT BY ASSOCIATION" and/or "guilt by inaction" fallacies to justify their hatred for someone (Usually a Republican, conservative, church-goer, military member, etc) ...they fail to see their arguments as fallacies. Won't listen since their minds are made up in advance. Blaming Ms. Clarkin for something she hasn't done is like saying I haven't heard Linda...er, NKGOP repudiate the holocost and Hitler, so she MUST be a supporter! It's an invalid conclusion based on faulty assumptions. BUT, they fit her monologue. Therefore, must be accurate. Yiikes.
Paul Marshall July 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@Erin: I agree with you, Ms Clarkin is a great choice. I'm glad she chose to run. We desperately need solid fiscal conservatives running our Schools. The taxpayer has been left out of the equation (or "conversation" as the liberals like to call it) for far too long. I'm a lifelong Republican, proud to be one. I don't agree with all the actions of all Republican office holders and refuse to be held to account for others' actions. I'm responsible for mine only. So many liberals won't say this. Sadly, they include our failure of a president. I believe life is a team effort. Picking good team mates is critical to success. Since democrats have been running our state it has gone from FIRST to WORST economically. Over 75 years we have become a disaster by almost EVERY measure. Look around. How are we doing? Who's running things? Time for a change? Read-up on fallacies. They are what the democrat party has devolved into. A klepto-cratic idiocracy run by delusional criminals bent on securing judgeships for themselves. That way they'll become "Set-For-Life"...(the highest status for any Rhode Islander) Yiikes!!
Dave July 27, 2012 at 12:43 AM
@Paul MArshall That's an interesting comment on your part. You don't subscribe to the beliefs of all your Republican officer holders, yet in the same sentence you condemn all Democrats as being spendthrifts....the same logic should apply to Dems. Not all have the same beliefs, and particularly in this town, where the GOP has been corrupt and a bunch of wastrels for many years. Don't get me wrong, I am not in any way including Ms Clarkin in that catagory. She seems like she would be excellent on the SC, and she has my vote! I trust that she rejects all the ways of the Halley clan in the GOP, and hopefully she will. One must be very careful when voting....for my part, party labels are the last thing I care about when deciding who to vote for.
Dave July 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I won't deny the failure of the Dem party to run the state properly and am certainly not blind to that. But on the other hand, don't be blind to the fact that Halley never could have had the influence he did in this town, if he weren't supported in his corruption and if he didn't have others engaging in the same rotten activities he did. It goes both ways. Never give up the power and ability of your own discernment to labels of any kind, political, religious or otherwise.
Common Sense July 27, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Paul M. I think that you need to read your own comments...don't blame the R's...but look at what the D's have done with the state! Over 40+ years of R's in control of T/C and S/C has brought us to where we are today in NK but don't blame the newbees cause they weren't involved? Look at how many races that the R's let go without a candidate over the years...that is not the D's fault. True there are people that have been in the GA, both D's and R's, that don't belong there but that is our form of government, chosen by the voters and not necessarily the most qualified...blame the voters as well. For those that don't like things the way they are look to see who created the problem and then look elsewhere for a new candidate...and forget about party when looking at local issues, know your candidates and vote in most qualified... and yes I have voted for R's and D's many times...have you Paul?
NKGOP Watch August 20, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Erin Benevides 11:35 am on Thursday, July 26, 2012 NKGOP - maybe you should read more carefully - my profession was stated right here if you scroll up - actually, directly above your 7:28pm Wed. comment!! We can agree though that Clarkin is a " person of interest" because she would definitely never advocate in the issue of allowing another Halley disaster coming upon us. - two can twist words - except my twist is in a positive light w/ an emphasis on accuracy. ;) THEN LET US HEAR CLARKIN SAY IT. MS CLARKIN REPUDIATE YOUR PARTY-MATE JAMES HALLEY FOR ALL THAT DAMAGE HE DID TO NK!


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