Meet the candidates in Cumberland’s at-large Town Council primary

Meet the candidates in Cumberland’s at-large Town Council primary

CUMBERLAND – Three Democrats in the at-large race for two Cumberland Town Council seats face off in the primary next Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The top two of three vote-getters between Council President Peter Bradley and residents Michael Kinch and Roland Gauvin will move on to the general election in November, where independent James Scullin will try to land in the top two to win a seat.

Meet the candidates:

Peter Bradley

35 Summit Road

Age: 47

Resident of Cumberland: Lifelong

Employment: A private construction contractor; gravedigger

Education: Graduate of Cumberland High School

Community activities: Member of Knights of Columbus No. 1492

Public Service: Served three terms on the Town Council, last two years as the council president; former warden of the Cumberland Fire District.

Activities: Volunteer with Touch-A-Truck

Family: Single

Roland Gauvin

2208 Mendon Road

Age: 69

Employment: Former patrolman in Woonsocket Police Department, disabled after four years.

Community activities: Previously on Board of Directors of the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone; former vice-president of the Blackstone River Coalition; co-founder of the Northern Rhode Island Chapter 737 Trout Unlimited; former Outstanding Young Man of America; life member of the V.F.W. and the Jimmy Ray Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America; awards from various Jaycees organizations; volunteers at Franklin Farm Community Garden when he is able.

Military service: Former combat veteran in Vietnam

Family: Married to Carol (Stearns) Gauvin; children, Leigh-Ann (Gauvin) Plante, Michael Gauvin; grandchildren, Ashleigh, Jessica, Sean, Maddison, Grace and Marissa

Michael Kinch

25 Murphy Drive

Age: 56

Resident of Cumberland: 30-plus

Employment: Chief of adjudication, Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles; former deputy police chief in Cumberland

Education: Bachelor’s from Roger Williams University; Municipal Police Academy

Community activities: “Leading opposition to four-year terms for all elected officials.” Volunteer coach in various youth leagues; volunteer Operation Stand Down, assisting combat veterans as they transition back to civilian life; awarded Crusader for Justice Award; recipient of Police Senior Citizen Advocate Award

Public service: Former deputy chief, Cumberland Police Department; former member of Charter Review Commission; assisted in founding Cumberland Juvenile Hearing Board

Family: Married to Karen (Nield) Kinch; two sons, Tyler, 27, Michael, 24.