NORTH SMITHFIELD — School Committee member and registered Democrat Paul Jones notes that over the summer, he heard many complaints about the town’s lack of an organized Democratic Town Committee.
And with the start of a new year, he’s looking to resolve the problem.
Jones is now working with the state Democratic Party to get a new town committee up and running, and he’s looking for North Smithfield residents who are interested in joining.
“We intend to advocate for all North Smithfield (residents,) and to devote special focus to our most vulnerable residents,” Jones said.
Jones said that the goal of the Democratic Town Committee – a staple in many cities and towns – will not be to foment partisan bickering. Instead, he said, it will focus on giving voice to North Smithfield residents who are concerned about future policies related to taxation, education, and more.
“Our seniors, our students, our small business owners… all are still reeling from the events of the past year, and we should do everything in our power to ensure that the healing process is effective and pervasive,” Jones said.
The first organizational meeting for the new NSDTC will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Membership will vote for committee officers, approve committee bylaws, and set a future meeting schedule at the initial gathering.
If you are a registered Democrat in North Smithfield and interested in joining the committee, email NorthSmithfieldDTC@gmail.com by the deadline of Friday, Jan. 22.