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Elizabeth Dolan, Republican Candidate for Town Council

Current Town Council President Elizabeth Dolan is seeking another term.

General Information

Name : Elizabeth Dolan
Also known as : Liz
Date of birth : 19 August 1960
Place of residence : North Kingstown

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : Wheaton College in Norton, MA
Degree : BA in Government
Year of graduation : 1982

Grad school

Ph D.

University : Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA
Area of research : JD
Year of graduation : 1985

Employment Information

Mother: 1988 - present

US Dept of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, Washington, DC., Law Clerk, 1985-1987

US Dept of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Baltimore, MD, Trial Attorney, 1987 - 1990

Rhode Island Labor Relations Board, Board Member representing Management, 2000 - present

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Town Council
Chamber/district:
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 08 November 2002
Previous elective offices : none
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : none

Campaign Manager

Name : self

Informed-Voter-NK October 11, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This one needs to go. Period.
NK Parent October 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Agreed. She's the number one problem on the Town Council. Too many favors for friends with zero considerations for the taxpayers of the town. This town deserves a clean slate on the TC.
NK October 11, 2012 at 04:05 PM
She has done nothing more then keep her lawyer friends rich on the taxpayers dime. Agreed. Time for this one to be voted out!!!
Rhodeyresident0303 October 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Oh I can not wait till she is GONE!!!!... And the rest of Kinders Klan !!!! Can't wait for November
NK_Voter October 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
The public sector union rank and file don't like her. Sounds like a great reason to vote for her and her team. About time we had some fiscal sanity and someone looking out for the taxpayer.
NK October 11, 2012 at 09:35 PM
@ NK_Voter. I'd agree with your last comment... well, part of it. I don't think "Joe Taxpayer" likes her either. It's more like fiscal IN-sanity. Tell me one thing she's done that shows fiscal responsibility? The Dolan, Hugeston, Stamm faction need to be shown the door on Nov 6th. Actually, all of them need the boot. Looking forward to fresh new faces with better judgement on what our town really needs.
Scott Madison October 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I agree. After the years-long wind turbine debacle (see the new 400 foot monstrosity going up at NK Green?), her lack of public inclusion and transparency, the screw up with the zoning and the comprehensive plan which has lead to the urban boundary being scrapped and more development probably happening on the 2/102 area while Post Road looks like Detroit, and the seemly backroom deals with developers, she is out of a job in my book. Clean Slate. I want independent people without any developers in their pockets who are solely concerned with the town and it's future, putting citizens first.
NK_Voter October 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Actually, she and her team have tried to ensure that the town and it's elected leaders get to chose the level and cost of support that they get from our so-called public servants. If lawyer costs are high, it is because these entitled individuals are trying to tell the town and taxpayers what they have to pay for "protection" through lawsuits. It is worth the cost to reverse this trend...we'll get back ten times court costs in the end...
CompassCarrier October 12, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Why hasn't she included her employment information on her profile??
JB October 12, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Who is on her "team?" Select business interests in town, other policy makers, politicians, lawyers, who else is on this "team"? No body else is claiming to be from what I've seen, or MORE IMPORTANTLY will admit it. I have nothing against the lady personally but what are you talking about? Those of us that have been subject to and paid for the same old NK politics have simply had enough. Whether its supporting the business interests of a select few, fighting our own employess, suing our OWN school committee (more legal fees), and unrest in general, enough. I'm guessing many of us have had enough of it. the same old politics have to go. You clearly have it in for public unions and thats ok in my view. They own their share of the blame for some things too. But how do you explain being at the helm of the tc when we sued our own school committee? Shouldn't somebody on our current tc at least try and explain to us why, besides padding the pockets of two teams of laywers at the same time? I don't know any of them but I like what the www.savenk.org trio have to say so far/offer. Just a breath of fresh air for a change. Brennan was the only principled one in my book and he's out by his own choice. Probably sick of the same old way of doing things too. I wonder who HE would support for council this year. Those people would get my vote, and I imagine many others too.
Crystal Ball October 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Under her leadership the TC has increased property taxes every year, raised water tax and created new taxes.............
NK_Voter October 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
True, Crystal--but did you think to ask why? When the state cuts funding to the towns, Towns have to raise taxes to compensate and/or cut services. Please note that the NK schools are now beginning to economize (privatizing the custodians)--because they have to--money is tight. The Town leadership are trying to reign-in the profligate demands of the public sector unions who seem to think they deserve more and more. If we don't support that effort, then we'll have maximum tax increases each year in the future....
MeanE October 12, 2012 at 01:21 PM
NK_Voter - The SC privatized the custodians, please tell me what the TC has done to tighten their budget belt? Have they not continued to give out raises to employees?
Scott Madison October 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Excellent Point MeanE
Steve O October 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Everyone who knows, knows Dolan and her cronies have been bad for NK all along. But do enough people know? Compass good call, where IS Dolan's employment and affiliations? This council's incumbents really have to go if we want to move forward on a number of areas. My opinion.
NK WATCH October 13, 2012 at 03:31 PM
The Town Manager, Mike Emery, has a Dolan and Huston sign on his front lawn.....only in NK........
observer October 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I wanted to see this for myself, before I commented. I drove by the manager's home. There were NO signs on the lawn. I do not support these people. But I take offense at liars!
MeanE October 13, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Nk watch is a fraud, pay no attention to him!
NK_Voter October 14, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Seriously MeanE? Were you asleep when they reigned in (well, trying) the costs incurred by the FF union? When they fought the SC to minimal budget increases, thus "encouraging" the SC to finally start cost-cutting? Do you really think the SC would privatize if they got all the budget increases they wanted? And given that the schools eat 70 percent of the town budget and their union personnel get more and better raises than the town, what is your point?
observer October 14, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I don't read the Patch much. The comment above is the reason why. Most of the comments are full of nasty, childish crap. It's too bad that something that could be good is so bad because of the people who comment here. It's a perfect example of what is wrong in our country, state and town. But why should the Patch be any different. People generally think it's OK to lie and cheat as long as the end justifies the means.
Govstench October 14, 2012 at 01:26 PM
It is true that the school committee has done more to control spending than the present town council. The move to pass an ordinance over an existing labor contract didn't work out so well in the courts. I would raise the question why the town has to hire an outside attorney when they have their own solicitor on the payroll. North Kingstown has always had a reputation of being a high tax town. They are in the top ten of property tax rates in the state. The Post Road commercial district looks like "tumbleweed way" and it begs to ask what the town has been doing about it. Creating another commercial district on Rt. 2 is hardly the answer. Dolan and company have had a hand in stacking the various committees in town government with their friends. Perhaps the word has gotten out as to why the other boards have gone begging for volunteers.
Steve O October 14, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I read the papers and aI agree that the same people have been in place for FAR TOO LONG and we need to start new!
nkres October 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Was the employment history added after the original posting?
NK_Voter October 15, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Perhaps you weren't at the SC/TC budget meeting last year where the SC budget request included a 4% increase despite falling student #'s? This is "cost-cutting in your world?" Do you know how much teacher pay costs have increased last year alone (and this year to come) due to teacher raises and step increases? That the majority of the tax increase this year in NK was driven by the "cost-cutting" SC and the NKSD? The TC investigated and held the line. It pointed out areas where the SC/NKSD could cut and save without increaseing school costs. It took the SC years to stop paying the school custodians almost 20% higher pay that the town custodians through privitization--and we are still the only school district in RI that hasn't privatized food service--so the NK taxpayers are paying a premium price there also. But yes, the SC/NKSD did cut Bus service and after school programs for the kids to preserve these positions. Speaks volumes about their priorities...
MeanE October 15, 2012 at 01:02 PM
NK Voter - are you hanging your hat on the "savings" with the FF's? I will leave judgement on that issue when it is completed. Some may say that it will cost NK more when all is said and done. My point is that town employees continue to get raises. My point is that the town council tactics with the FF & the SC very likely are costing us more in legal fees than the proposed savings. My point was that we need leadership in the TC and on the SC that are going to work together to do what is best for the ENTIRE town of NK. It should have started with a salary freeze for all NK employees. I am not opposed to many of the things that you have stated. We simply need a TC & SC who we can trust and are capable of making the tough decisions within the framework of the law.
Samantha Turner (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Yes it was.
NK_Voter October 15, 2012 at 07:58 PM
MeanE: No--not "hanging my hat" on savings from FF scheduling changes. I am demonstrating that the TC is trying to control costs at both the town level and NKSD. We have to get the constantly increasing costs under control, and I agree that we can't do that if we elect the wrong people into power. Welch, etc., are on record siding with the unions..."it's "too hard" to fight the teachers union, the town was wrong to control costs with the FF's, etc... Well, who runs this town? The public sector Union bosses with their threats, lawsuits, last minute strikes "for the kids" and thug tactics? Do they get to set their wages and working hours and the elected town officials and voting taxpayer (the employers) are told to shut up and pay? How many NK taxpayers get this kind of deal? It may cost us up front to fight back and stop the constant bleeding from the public sector unions that are bankrupting towns and cities all over this country, but the money we spend now will be a small investment for our future. And you may want to review past town budgets to see who and when some of our town employees got raises--as well as non-union school workers.
LiveLaughLove October 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The firefighters OFFERED concessions...over $1MM. Not good enough. Went to binding arbitration. Ignored by the Town Council (Republicans), who wrote an illegal ordinance intended to bypass the entire process, changing hourly pay and number of hours for firefighters. Ruled illegal by a judge. This illegal schedule is STILL in place per the TC, and the bills are going up every day. Additionally, the severely understaffed fire department is working way too many hours, some over 100 hours per week. This is an accident waiting to happen. Talk about opening this town up to liability! This is irresponsible and expensive.
NK_Voter October 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
LLL...do you have any proof of this assertion? Details? Please provide a link.
Crystal Ball October 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Nk_Voter, The town of East Greenwich has decreased it's tax rate. This was accomplished by well thought-out business development. The medical building on route 2 in East Greenwich enhance services TO the town while reducing the tax rate. This TC cherry picks housing developments for their well connected developers!

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