Eight candidates – and no Democrats – declare candidacy for Glocester Town Council


GLOCESTER – The slate of candidates declaring their intent to run for the five-member Glocester Town Council includes eight possible contenders, with five Republicans and three independents registering their intent to seek office this week.

All five incumbents, including Councilor David LaPlante, an independent who was appointed in January to fill the vacancy created by the passing of the late Councilor Julian Forgue, intend to seek reelection to another two-year term this November.

Also stating they intend to campaign for a seat this week were Republicans Cheryl Greathouse and Jonathan Burlingame, and independent Mark Howard.

Town Clerk Jean Fecteau and Director of Human Services John Luszcz, also Republicans, are set to run unopposed for another term.

And no Democrats will appear on the 2022 ballot for municipal government in Glocester.

Greathouse was among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit last year against Gov. Dan McKee over the statewide school mask mandate. A native of East Providence, Greathouse works as an herbalist.

Howard is also a graduate from Ponaganset High School and works as a laborer for Central Nurseries. He has also served on the town’s litter crew.

Burlingame has served on the Foster Glocester Regional School Committee since 2017 and is chairman of the Glocester School Committee. A Chepachet resident, Burlingame is also a graduate of PHS, and studied business at Rhode Island College.

In Glocester, candidates for School Committee register their intent to seek office in August.

No one came forward to register intent to seek the position of town sergeant, leaving the office open to potential write-in candidates.

Candidates must now submit signed nomination papers, which must be certified, to qualify to appear on the November ballot.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and potential voters must register 30 days prior, by Sunday, Oct. 9, to be eligible to cast a ballot.

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