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 .

NK_Voter June 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM
It's true--You don't need attorneys if you just give the greedy public sector unions what they want. Of course, the downside is higher taxes and less services, but that's a small price for us to pay for his pursuit of power. If one were to judge Mr. welch on his performance on the school committee and all the problems the schools have had under his "oversight,' I'd say the town has enough issues without his help.....
Concerned Resident June 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Mr. Welch resigned his position of SC chair, I question his leadership desire and abilities. Mr. Welch is a member of the SC that requested the max 4% tax hike for NK tax paying residents without concern to these difficult times. Mr. Welch is the same that voiced opposition to town savings via a change in the fd ordinance. Mr. Welch has joined the ff unions in ridiculing the TC for NK tax payer savings. Mr. Welch is an extension of unions. Mr Welch is being looked at favorably by unions. Mr Welch CLAIMS he will not favor unions (wonder why he felt the need to mention)? Did anyone see Mr Welch perusing the recent budget hearings? Guessing the state house had a bigger need than the SC meeting (aka absent)? Yea, just what NK tax paying residents need, higher taxes and????????
Dave June 19, 2012 at 01:06 PM
It's obvious from watching the meetings and the votes, Welch is a fiscal conservative who has done a lot of good on the SC. The Sc has turned around 5 to 6 % yearly budget increases in a complete about face to control the growth of the budget. He is a voice of reason, and the unions HATE him!!lol it's funny you would call him a union lover when they are not too fond of him, due to his insistence on changes in contracts.
Concerned Resident June 19, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Conservative as he has seeked yearly town tax increases Conservative as we continue to pay for cafeteria deficit spending Conservative as the SC still has not taken advantage of real SD tax savings Unions hate him?? Have you heard from ff union?? At the state house instead of performing his SC duties?? Are we speaking the same MR Welch, the same that could not handle resigning his position of SC chair??
Dave June 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
CR, there is something seriously wrong with you. That is all.
Concerned Resident June 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
@dave: your desire to make this blog comments personal makes me suspect as to your true motives.......let me guess, you belong to a union. Guessing you're finding it difficult to constructively respond to the truth. That is all.
ANGEL FISH June 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
DAVE IS RIGHT. HE'S A UNION BUSTER. Get your facts straight "Concerned Resident".
Common Sense June 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
There is nothing that you can say that will change the lack of understanding and facts that come from CR and it is a waste of your time to converse back and forth with it. Don't expect to see it's name on the ballot even though it has all of the answers.
Concerned Resident June 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Another that wants to put speak for another.......not a union buster, just tired of being taken advantage of!!!!
Concerned Resident June 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
For the individual that seems to know all, how do you know if I am not on the ballet??Did someone remove my name from the ballet?? Talk about having all the answers.....there's something wrong with you as you are predictable where you will surface.....huh!
JB June 19, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Concerned Resident can't be running, because anyone running for office would know how to spell the word ballot. Did somebody remove Concerned Resident from the "ballet"? Does that mean no recital this year?
Concerned Resident June 19, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I can only hope to be as good as you never making a mistake....you're so special.
NKGOP Watch June 20, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Dick Welch is a good officeholder and he gets my support. Look at his voting record, dont listen to NKGOP hacks on here. The man has earned everybody's respect.
Paul Marshall July 05, 2012 at 01:08 PM
@CR: YOU are right, sir. Dick is a good businessman who is just too liberal. He has demonstrated little regard for the local and state taxpayers (who pay the bills-yet get little respect)..... Please recall Welch's blog entry (right here in March) when he said ...."it's too hard to renegotiate with teachers (unions) contracts"... It's astounding to ponder...how many of us tell our boss.."I'm not doing my job because it's JUST TOO HARD"... Meanwhile our state is being forced into BANKRUPTCY town by town in large part because of these very same "overgenerous" contracts their friends voted them. Please remember the numbers. Numbers count. Count the numbers. OVER half our state qualifies for bankruptcy. ALL of these towns are run by democrats. Most of these democats are propelled into office by union supporters and their (mandatory) dues. They have ONE demand-MORE. (read: Screw the taxpayer). Serial bloggers here try hard to cheerlead for their special interests hoping the rest of us are too distracted or disinterested and will acquiesce, how's that working out for us so far? We have to support folks with courage to stand up to the unions, work for the only special interest that counts: THE TAXPAYER. Dick and the democrats have proven it ain't them.
NK_Voter July 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
CS: Sad to see that you can dehumanize and demonize a person so quickly just because he/she doesn't share your views. Newsflash: the "It" you are talking about is a person. If you can remember that, you'll be a better person.
Dave July 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Mr Marshall you are really delusional. Dick Welch just voted to outsource custodians, and was part of holding the line on the teachers as well...you think that just because someone runs as an R, that gives them some inherent conservatism? DEAD wrong. In this town, it's been the GOP who has run the town and schools for the past 10 years, overspending and not getting contracts under control. Dick Welch has the guts to do the right thing by the taxpayer and he has taken a lot of grief for it...go ahead and vote for all R's. You are ignorant.
Paul Marshall July 05, 2012 at 05:08 PM
@Dick: Typical of liberalism, since you can't talk facts, you use fallacies. In this case the "Ad Hominem" fallacy. Attack the person. What's next? F-Bombing me? You make MY argument very well. Thank you. We need folks who will step up to the task of cutting spending and lowering taxes if we are to survive as a state. Currently we get a FULL 1/3 of our state budget from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. Is that OK with you? What makes us so "special" others have to pay our bills? What happens when the other 49 discover this? How much humiliation can we take as a people(at the hands of the democrats)? 70 years of folks like DICK WELCH at the helm and this is what you have. A FAILED state. One town after the other in a desperate struggle for survival. Yeah, Dick Welch would be just what we need! Another nail in our coffin. Please folks. Wake up.
NKGOP Watch July 05, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Dick Welch is a solid public servant.
NK_Voter July 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Dave--the major reason we are seeing restraint in the growth of the school budget today is because the TC has held the line and refused the increases that the School Committee has repeatedly requested. Last time I checked, the TC was controlled by the Republicans and the SC had a Democrat majority. Please stick with facts and avoid the childish name calling.
highflyer July 05, 2012 at 08:17 PM
"You will not be punished for your anger" "You will be punished by your anger" Buddha. Have a nice day.
Common Sense July 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Paul Marshall what have you been smoking? You are way off base about Mr. Welch. Check the voting record instead of being an R that can't think for himself. If you don't want to check the record maybe you should have a conversation with the chairwoman or Mr. Busgarten and ask what they think. They are both R's and I am sure that they will tell it like it is! Be sure to put that on your next comment I can't wait to see what you report. You could also ask the superintendent what he thinks but you won't. You can't blame the D's for what is wrong here in NK because the record shows that the R's have had the majority on the school committee and town council for over 20 years except for two years when Ed Cooney was T/C president. If you don't like it here...
Crystal Ball July 06, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Paul, The Republicans have controled the town council for most of the last 30 years. This council has raised taxes EVERY Year........ Enjoy your Kool-Aid
Crystal Ball July 06, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Mr. Marshall, The REPUBLICANSs have controlled the town council for most of the last 40 years. This Republican controlled town council has INCREASED taxes every year FOR THE LAST 4 YEARS! They have screwed this town and raised our taxes. EG has lowered their taxes last year and they don’t have a Quonset Point! Too bad Dick didn’t run as a “R” because he would have your support! Enjoy your Kool-aid and continue to support a party rather than “best” candidate.
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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