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Welch to Run for Town Council

The school committee's vice chair is seeking a spot on the town council this November.

Another contender is putting his hat in the ring for a seat on the North Kingstown Town Council. Richard Welch, vice chair of the North Kingstown School Committee, is seeking a spot on the town council in the upcoming election.

Welch, a Democrat, has served on the NK School Committee since 2008, briefly serving as the committee’s chair until stepping down to serve as vice chair this past year. Welch’s motivation to move from the school side to the town side stems from recent actions by the town council, he said.

“There’ve been a number of things that this council has done that are contrary to the better interest of the community,” said Welch, pointing to the “debacle with wind turbines" and other actions.

Additionally, Welch sees the council’s legal battles as problematic, citing recent and .

“I’ve owned my own construction company for the past 25 years and have never once had to hire an attorney and never once went to court,” said Welch. “You just don’t win when you hire an attorney. No one wins except the attorneys.”

In the 2010 elections, Welch ran against Rep. Larry Ehrhardt for a seat in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Due to the redistricting of voting districts, Welch is now in District 31 and would have to face off against Rep. Doreen Costa – who ousted longtime state representative Kenneth Carter. Since fellow Democrat Steve Campo already announced his run for District 31, Welch opted to set his sights on town council this election cycle.

Though he has served on the school committee for the past four years, Welch promises he will not be partial to the school side of the budget if elected to the town council. Additionally, Welch said he would look to improve transparency on the council if elected.

n for his seat on the council. His fellow counterparts Carol Hueston and Council President Elizabeth Dolan are both looking for their third terms on the council. Last week, the .

Dave July 06, 2012 at 12:41 PM
no NK voter, it is not because of the TC. The SC negotiated an excellent contract with the teachers, cut raises, raised health care copays, and now, were forced to outsource janitorial. The TC has not cut one thing from their own budget, the only thing they can think to cut is the schools. They are the same people (Dolan Hueston) who raised taxes in this town 5 to 6% YEARLY for many years. If you think that has nothing to do with where we are today in this town, you are sadly mistaken. Their newfound conservatism is as false as it is brandy new. I'm not buying it.
NK_Voter July 06, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Your choice, Dave, but you may want to live in the now instead of the past. Research the budgets the SC/NKSD has proposed for the last few years--all increases! The compensation the teachers get is far beyond fair market value--and their recent administrative hires are paid more than the outgoing personnel! The NKSD cares nothing for the taxpayer--we are walking $ and they'll whine and threaten childrens' programs all day long to get their way--and the SC is along for the ride. The only reason the SC/SD are even STARTING to economize/privatize is because the TC has held the line. You may not want to believe, but reality has a way of overcoming denial....
NK_Voter July 06, 2012 at 06:27 PM
And we should trust your judgement why? Because you hurl insults at people who disagree with you? Because you claim to have "common sense?" Talk is cheap--please do some research and provide his voting record--both good and bad. Show us how well Mr. Welch responds to the questions asked of him after he posts an article on the Patch. Do that and perhaps your fact-based opinion will actually be worth reading.
pfitzmaurice July 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I hired an attorney to sue Dick Welch aka Apple Construction in 2004. He defaulted on a contract (faulty work, incomplete work, collected money from us for undelivered construction materials,work not done, etc). Repairing his negligence cost us $50,000!! In the end we could not sue him: ALL his assets are in his wife's name. He is dishonest and sly and not to be trusted.
NKGOP Watch August 14, 2012 at 02:58 AM
OK do you have a case number? A BBB complaint (link)? A contractor's board case? All I see is a anonymous claim with ZERO backup.

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