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NK GOP Endorses Candidates, Old & New

The Town Republican Committee throws its support to a crop of old and new candidates.

The North Kingstown Republican Town Committee has endorsed a crop of candidates for town council and school committee in the upcoming November elections.

With all five council members’ terms expiring this November, the NK GOP is endorsing sitting members Elizabeth Dolan (currently serving as the council president) and Carol Hueston, who have both been on the council since 2008. Joining them on the GOP’s endorsement list are Kerry McKay (whose family runs ), Mark Hawkins (owner of Rolling Greens Golf Course) and Brent Cleaveland.

In a press release, the NK GOP Committee Chair Jim McGuire said that the group agrees that the town must embrace “business friendly principles.” The group as a whole also looks to focus on revitalizing the struggling Post Road Corridor.

Fellow Republican Charlie Stamm, who has served on the council since 2008 alongside Dolan and Hueston, will not be seeking re-election. (Check back later for our story on this.)

On the school side, the committee is throwing its support to two newcomers – Cheryl Clarkin and Robert “Bob” Jones. According to the release, both aspirants are “committed to fiscally prudent operation strategies” and hope to continue strengthening cooperation between the committee and town council.

NKGOP Watch June 13, 2012 at 11:58 PM
"and hope to continue strengthening cooperation between the committee and town council." HUH? It is nk republican bullying that has wrecked cooperation with the schools.
NKGOP Watch June 14, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Mark HAWKINS? Are you KIDDING ME? I'll wait until other residents fill the Patchsters in on that gem of a candidate!
Alicarn June 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Brent Cleaveland from the former RBC Industries? After that Sonitrol Security?
Brent Cleaveland June 14, 2012 at 01:34 PM
No on RBC, and it's not former, it's still in business as far as I know. And yes to Sonitrol back in the '80s. Currently, I serve as the Executive Director of the Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association (FJATA.org), a trade association serving the jewelry and accessories industries. This, after a 40 year carreer manufacturing jewelry. Thanks, Brent
Noreswindnk June 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Look, I have no issues with Mr. Hawkins personally or maybe even his development, however, we have five council members, and, if elected, he must recuse himself on: discussions regarding Rolling Greens (his) discussions regarding the USB stopping at Rte 4 or going to 2/102 corner (Hawkin's RG development corner) discussions regarding Schartner state decision of high density residential or commercial at 2/102 corner (across from RG development) discussions of sale and development of Corner Tavern/Bald Hill area of 2/102 (also across from his RG development) discussions regarding 2/102 as possible new growth area of town in upcoming 2013 comprehensive plan (again, his RG right in the middle). some discussions on Wickford Junction area (neighboring his development so questionable) How the devil is Mr. Hawkins going to have any imput on anything when some of the most important issues in NK for the next two years are emcompassing the Wickford Junction and 2/102 areas??? NKGOP flopped on due diligence here. You can't have four working council members and one on the sidelines. Further, with one council member "in tight" with others, there are going to be questions of legitimacy throughout TC. Bad call.
NKGOP Watch June 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Hawkins and Hueston were embroiled in some kind of campaign donation 'issue' and now he's running under the nk republicans. WOW. The audacity Hawkins has!
NKGOP Watch June 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Mr Cleaveland, question, what do you think about the Halley fiasco in recent years and that he was on the nkgop cart at the parade?
ru4real June 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM
This is a perfect example of what the NKGOP brings to the table. Candidates for TC that have conflict of interest and special interests stamped all over it. My guess is that this group of "concerned citizens" will be more than happy to show how much they are going to help NK by helping themselves. There is more than just conflict of interest within this GOP collection. NK beware!
CompassCarrier June 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM
You can read about the issue here: http://www.neindependent.com/articles/2010/10/29/local/doc4cc9daae896ec322000056.txt Interesting quote from the article: "When contacted for comment on Thursday, Hueston said she has known Hawkins since he was her paperboy when he was a child and her family is good friends with the Hawkins family. She said that she had discussed the ramifications of accepting the donation with her son before depositing the check and didn't see it as a conflict of interest." Discussed the ramifications with her son??? At least she went through an extensive vetting process before accepting that donation.........
Concerned Resident June 15, 2012 at 01:54 PM
If they keep working at it I'm sure that the GOP will someday be as straight as the Democrat's.....oh wait, the Democrats have been in charge of the state foreverrrrrr. Guess that's why the state is doing so well, wake up people!!!!!
Noreswindnk June 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
CR, Hang on. Nobody cares what lapel pin you have on or what suffix you put after your name (such as D, or R). This is about A PERSON, not A PARTY. Don't think you're John Boehner, et.al and everything one party does is right and everything the other party does is wrong. Get out of the party mentality and into what we're here for which I think is to improve the town. Neither all D, nor all R will do that if they're sitting on the sidelines during votes. Do research and find good people, then vote for the good people NOT the suffix you likely don't understand anyway.
Concerned Resident June 15, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Noreswindnk: I'm in agreement with you as it is the individual and their beliefs - agenda that should be evaluated. Also agree with you that consideration should be what is good for NK and its residents. In the end if you look at voting records you find bias on either side with most if not all being expected to follow party lines.
ru4real June 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM
@CR--I have repeatedly stated that neither party has much to recommend them for anything but the boot. I am not a fan of any D or R that does not represent the people in a forthright and honest manner. My only allegiance is to good government and as I stated in another post, which you cherry picked, the problem from the top, D.C. to NK, is party allegiance above good government for all the people who vote not just a select few. This is the root of the problems in this country. A complete and total disregard for the common good and decency of all the citizens of our country. We have lost our way due to the lack of a moral compass on both sides of the aisle!
PLAINTRUTH June 16, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I agree with noreswindnk. The GOP has made a poor choice endorsing the developer Mark Hawkins. His Rolling Greens project has OVERWHELMING opposition in the parts of NK it will most directly affect, near Rte 2/102, which will cost the GOP votes in the November election. Noreswind is also correct that Hawkins will be a "lame duck" on many items coming before the TC. NO WAY can he vote on them with his conflicts of interest. If he does not recuse himself, it will go to state ethics / attorney general in a heartbeat. Every time. The TC will probably split 2/2 on votes paralyzing this town's progress. Really bad call GOP. And does even ONE person in this town believe that Hawkins will agree to what the NKGOP Chairman Jim McGuire wrote in the local papers - that there will be "input and planning by all residents and property owners in the area" near his Rolling Greens project? Sorry Jim but you were smoking something when you wrote that.
Concerned Resident June 16, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I am also in agreement........unfortunately I heard that there were few residents looking to run for the town council putting the gop between a rock and a hard place. In the end I will NOT be voting for Hawkins.
PLAINTRUTH June 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
@CR: Agreed. I will never vote for Mark Hawkins. In fact now I will not vote for any GOP candidate in the coming election. They show a total lack of judgement by including him on their slate. It proves they are just fielding 5 candidates to get as many seats on the TC as possible, rather than endorsing only as many QUALITY AND VIABLE candidates as they can find who have our town's interests at heart rather than their own interests. If this guy becomes a Town Councillor taking decisions that affect all NK residents it will be a disaster. What's that line about foxes and henhouses? Unless they drop this guy before the election the GOP has lost my vote completely.
Noreswindnk June 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Hi guys, Love to hear the agreement (something that rarely occurs on this blog). We have a problem. Now that we know it, and we have 4 votes against this mistake, what do we do now? There are (what?) 12-15k registered voters in NK. How do we kill this before it becomes reality and then we just listen to the b.....ing for two years. You can't get them out once in, but you can keep them out. Next steps anyone? I have a fairly large email/forum who will be notified. Anybody else want to do something about this in any way you think? I can be reached thru the noreswindnk.com web site email (assuming you don't know who I am). If we want to be serious, let's be serious.
Paul Marshall June 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Typical of democrat politicians, Linda, you've gone right to "PERSONAL DESTRUCTION". How does this gurther public discussion? Or even enhance your own reputation here? This kind of commentary is what PREVENTS good people from running for office. Without good/talented folks serving in our local government, you get chaos. Who benefits from that? Haven't we had about enough of this kind of talk?
Paul Marshall June 19, 2012 at 01:35 PM
PERSONAL DESTRUCTION. Yup, always helpfull and a great reflection on the mudslinger.
Paul Marshall June 19, 2012 at 01:42 PM
PERSONAL DESTRUCTION seems to be a common theme here. Let's face it, if you truly believe our state is doing GREAT, continue to vote democrat...... Look around at the states and communities in our country that are doing well (Texas, Iowa, the Carolinas, Dakotas). Ask yourself: who's running them? (Republicans) Then look at the states that are in bad shape (Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, California) Ask the same question(democrat). NO DIFFERENCE between the two parties? Survey says:...."ERRRRGGGGHHHHTTTT!!!!" no sale. Read the Wall Street Journal.
CompassCarrier June 19, 2012 at 01:46 PM
@Paul Marshall: I've re-read "NKGOP's" two comments two comments and don't see how you read "personal destruction" into them. And as far as how the comments further public discussion, you might want to scroll down a bit and see how many folks had A LOT more to say about Hawkins than "NKGOP". And "this kind of commentary" is what gets people who might not run to change their mind...just the thought of Hueston, Dolan, Hawkins on the Town Council together is, hopefully, enough to get quality candidates to throw their hat in the ring. Holy smokes, any ONE of the three on the TC is a scary thought.
Paul Marshall June 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
...and stop being courageous? You brave folks don't even identify yourselves! How do you expect them to do anything but spread rumors, and character assasinations? What's next? Keying cars, stealing campaign signs and spray painting homes? You folks are part of what's wrong with our system in RI. Amazing how crude and impolite you are here. Shamefull really. Embarrassing.
Paul Marshall June 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM
@"Compasscarrier" (or WHOEVER you are hiding behind your screen name): you are indeed entitled to your opinion. And you have the right, thanks to those who fought and died defending us, to express it. Some of us chafe at the words selected by your friends. They do nothing but distract from the valid conversation, humiliate themselves. It's juvenile. Who want that? This is a longtime liberal democrat tactic that has to put us where we are today. In complete collapse as a state. 70 years of democrat rule and this is what we have to show for it. If liberalism is working, why are the conservative states doing so well and the liberal ones (like us) in such disasterous condition? Youtube: "DETROIT IN RUINS" and watch closely. We are fast becoming Detroit.
CompassCarrier June 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
@Paul Marshall: Have you been out on other blogs before....use the internet much? It is common practice for people to use 'handles' as opposed to their real names. If you choose to post your full name here, terrific...we'll name a town holiday in your honor! But that's your choice. Stop beating a dead horse; you don't need to bring this up in every single post. WE GET IT....but most of us are still not going to use our real names.
ru4real June 19, 2012 at 09:39 PM
@Paul Marshall I have a polite question to ask you. Do you not understand the conflict of interest that Mr. Hawkins brings to the table? If you do not, I would like to hear your explanation as to why not.
Noreswindnk June 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Paul, I've read enough. You're one of the old timers who vote for a party regardless of a personality within that party. You'll vote Romney, sure as you would have voted Gingrich, Pawlenty, or Bachmann....... Doesn't matter to you as it's anyone but a "D" or "I". You'll defend and protect even the most egregious failings by the GOP only because they use the suffix "R" after their name. You'll fight to the death others who are "liberals" (like that's a bad word). You post look what we have to show from 70 years of "Democratic rule". I'm looking, and I like what I see. You see a trashed economy, joblessness, and hate for one party, instability and gridlock. That's what your party sees too and what they have told others to look for. I live in the leading economy in the world, a free society, with the most educated people, the financial benchmark (dollar) all countries use and pretty much the type of society all countries strive to be. Immigrants, like our families before us, want to come here Paul and your biggest concern is only how to stop them. What's so freeking bad about this place dude? Go to China, Russia, Greece, the Mid East for a period of time then come back and tell us how bad we are. Nice to know your name Paul, but now try to get your thinking in line with personal reality and not fiction due to a person's suffix. Maybe that's too crude for you but I'm not embarrassed.
Common Sense June 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM
It is interesting to have the R's blame the D's for everything that is wrong with R I. History in R I is that many ballots have the D's running without an opponent, or one that it not qualified, or lacks support by the R's. The D's can't do that, that is lack of the R's coming to the table. Look at the list of R's being run for office this year, 75 seats in the house and 14 candidates! Well I guess that the R's will still be able to blame the D's. I don't believe that the D's are all to blame but surely some should not be in office. Stop complaining and run for office and support who ever is elected so the business of the people can be done correctly. Know your candidates not what party endorsed them and elect the best that are willing to run. If you are stuck on labels rather than each individual and their merits, you are part of the problem.

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