Foster candidates experienced in town government

Foster candidates experienced in town government

FOSTER – Nine candidates declared last week that they intend to run for a two-year term on the Foster Town Council, including four of the five incumbent council members and several town board members.

All five council seats are up for re-election on Nov. 3. Candidates need to return nomination papers by July 10.

Republicans Denise DiFranco, Christie Stone and Heidi Rogers will all seek another term on the council as will Democrat Cheryl Hawes.

Councilor Joe Cardillo, a Democrat, will not seek re-election. Cardillo helped block Sen. Gordon Rogers from being hired as the public works director in May in a split decision along party lines. The senator’s wife, Heidi, abstained from voting.

Endorsed Democrats Anthony Renzi, Planning Board chairman, and Gail Lawson are also seeking a seat on the council.

This is Lawson’s second attempt at a council seat after coming up 17 votes short of newcomer Heidi Rogers in the 2018 election.

Renzi spoke against the Town Council’s decision to remove former Planning Board Chairman Ron Cervasio from the board after Cervasio made comments that Foster is the “last s---hole in Rhode Island.”

Renzi defended Cervasio’s crassness by pointing out his ability to bring new ideas and motivation to the board.

David Paolino, Zoning Board chairman, and Robert Moreau, a Planning Board member, are the endorsed Republicans will round out the five candidates.

Representing Foster, Scituate, Coventry and West Greenwich, Sen. Gordon Rogers, a Republican, is unopposed in the District 21 race. He also served three terms on the Foster Town Council from 2010 to 2012 and 2014 to 2018.