Scituate Town Council candidates

Scituate Town Council candidates

SCITUATE - Here's a close-up look at the Scituate Town Council candidates.

PAMELA CAROSI, 51, of 4 White Birch Circle, is running for the Town Council as an endorsed Democrat. She has lived in town 16 years.

She has been employed in development and marketing for 20 years for Uncle Tony's Pizza of America.

She is a graduate of North Providence High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. She also studied marketing at the Providence College evening division.

Carosi is a member of The DaVinci Center, Providence, and Holy Apostles Church, Cranston.

She is married to Tony Jourabchi with two children, Nadia Jourabchi and Nicole Jourabchi.

In a prepared statement, Carosi says she "will work to improve our business community, the arts programs in our schools - and also work for our public safety with our police and fire departments."

BRENDA FREDERICKSON, 49, of 1051 Chopmist Hill Road, is running for re-election to the Town Council as an endorsed Republican. She has lived in town 25 years and served six years on the council.

She is the co-owner and director of property management for Frederickson Farms LLC in town, a position she has held 15 years.

She formerly was: deputy treasurer in the Town of Foster from July 2001 to November 2005; payroll clerk in the Town of West Greenwich, November 2005 to January 2007; and a customer service representative with Citizens Bank November 1986 to June 1995.

She holds degrees from the Community College of Rhode Island, business administration/accounting, 1997, and the University of Rhode Island, plant and soil sciences, 1983.

Frederickson has been a member of the North Scituate Fire Department from 1994 to 2001, was treasurer of NSFD 1997-2000, and belonged to the Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge 30 2005-2014, serving as treasurer 2008-2011. She has been a member of the North Scituate Elementary PTO 1995-2005, the Scituate Music Association 2004-2011, the Scituate Art Festival Committee 2007 to the present, and the Scituate Lions Club 2012 to the present.

She served as the Scituate director of public welfare from 2000 to 2008.

She and her husband, Howard Frederickson III, are the parents of two grown sons.

She has served three terms on the Town Council; committees include the Scituate Recycling Committee, chair, making diligent efforts to improve and enhance the town's recycling program by acquiring 65-gallon wheeled recycling carts at no cost, saving approximately $250,000, generating a larger profit-sharing revenue for the town. The town received a check of $15,900 from the RI Resource Recovery Corp. this year for its recycling efforts.

JUSTIN RYAN GAFFNEY, 22, of 237 Ide Road, is running for Town Council as an Independent candidate.

He has lived in town all of his life.

He is employed as a driving instructor with AAA (Automobile Association of America), Southern New England, a job he has held for two years. He previously worked at Brigido's Fresh Market 2007-2014.

He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, which he received in 2014. He graduated from Scituate High School in 2010.

He is a volunteer firefighter at the Chopmist Hill Fire Department, the North Scituate Fire Department and is a driver and EMT student with Foster Ambulance.

Gaffney commented:

"Scituate is ready for a change. It is time that we bring in new and exciting ideas that will cut out wasteful spending. We need to put the outdated policies and procedures that are hurting the taxpayer's wallet to rest.

"I know that I have the knowledge and skills to make Scituate a more efficient and profitable town that will help the taxpayers save thousands of dollars in years to come. Every voter in Scituate has a voice and I want to be the one to represent that voice."

WILLIAM Hurry Jr., 71, of 4 Wilkinson Road, is running for re-election as an endorsed Republican. He has lived in town 34 years and been a member of the Town Council since 2010.

He is the retired executive director of the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority, a position he held from 1996 to 2011, and he previously was employed as dean of admissions and financial aid at Rhode Island College, Providence, 1970-1996.

He is a graduate of Classical High School, Providence, the University of Rhode Island where he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1965, Southern Illinois University where he received a master's degree in education in 1967 and he attended Boston College part-time in the 1970s.

He currently is district governor of the Lions Clubs of Rhode Island, past president of the Scituate Lions Club, current chair of the Rhode Island College Foundation, current treasurer of the New England Board of Higher Education, past senior warden and vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church in Scituate.

He served in the Army 1968-1970.

His wife, Sandra J. (Watson) Hurry, died in September 2012 after 46 years of marriage. The couple has two adult children.

He commented, "I have attempted to bring to my public service to the Town of Scituate a reasoned, reasonable, disciplined and consistent, thoughtful and forward-looking approach, informed and seasoned by some 50-plus years of professional work experience in higher education, administration and finance in our state.

"I have served on the Police Pension Committee at a time when it is under significant distress, and also served on the town's negotiating teams with the police and DPW.

RICHARD KELLS, 66, of 10 Mary Hopkins Drive, is running for Town Council as an endorsed Democrat. He's been a town resident 25 years.

He is a retired operating engineer, a job he held for 30 years, with Local 57, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Providence.

He graduated from Hope High School, Providence, and attended the former Roger Williams Junior College.

He is co-chair of the Scituate Democratic Town Committee, Troop 2 Boy Scout leader and Scituate/Foster Little League past president. He has been a member of the Clayville School Building Committee, the Construction Safety Council, a mentor for high school senior project, and been part of IUOE negotiation of contracts. He is a member of the Rhode Island Army National Guard 861st Engineers E-4.

He is married to Lisa (Coccio) Kells and the couple has three adult children. JOHN F. WINFIELD JR., 51, of 727 Hartford Pike, is seeking re-election to the Town Council as an endorsed Republican. He has lived 44 years in town.

He has been the owner and funeral director of Winfield & Sons Funeral Home, Scituate, for 24 years.

He is a graduate of Scituate High School, 1981, of New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Newton, Mass., 1982, and he is a 1989 graduate of Bryant University.

He is past president of the Scituate Art Festival and a former firefighter and EMT (emergency medical technician) in the Scituate Volunteer Fire Department.

Winfield currently is vice president of the Scituate Town Council and has been a member since January 2003.

He and his wife, Linda Ann (Lanni) Winfield, are the parents of two adult sons. DAVID CAMPBELL, 66, of 70 Ashland Road, is running for the Town Council as an endorsed Republican. He has lived in town more than 40 years.

He is a retired hospital administrator and consultant. From 2002 until his 2013 retirement, he was at Kent Hospital in Warwick as director of human resources, 2002-2006, and later as senior vice president of human resources, 2006 to 2013. He was director of human resource information services for the Care New England Health System, based in Providence, in 2001-2002.

He was administrator/human resources for the RDW Inc. Group in Providence, an advertising and public relations firm with 99 employees, and has done consultant work for such entities as the Massachusetts Hospital Association, St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., as well as the 40-employee Observer Publications, Smithfield, 1997.

He is a graduate of Scituate High School, Class of 1966, and American University, Washington D.C., 1971, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

He was a member of the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Committee from 1995 to 1999 and of the Citizens' Selection Committee, Chief of Police Search, Scituate, 1997.

He is married to the former Pauline Dumontier and has two adult stepchildren.