BURRILLVILLE – Stacey Slekis, a Democrat seeking election to the Burrillville Town Council, said she is running in hopes to foster a positive environment where residents feel welcomed and encouraged to speak freely with council members.
“As I spoke with residents while collecting nomination signatures, many shared their negative experiences when they have spoken at meetings,” Slekis said. “Later, I watched the videos, which confirmed their statements. No good ever comes from yelling and telling residents that they are wrong. Naturally, you will always have differences of opinion, however you can still disagree and have healthy productive conversations. When you have a welcoming environment where people feel comfortable to speak freely, you open the path for collaboration. When you have transparency, trust, and collaboration, anything is possible.”
Slekis said she made the decision to run after being approached by a fellow resident
“Along with many residents, I was heavily involved in fighting the proposed power plant,” Slekis said. “I was contacted by fellow resident and power plant opponent, Cynthia Lussier, who asked me if I would consider running for Town Council.”
Slekis shared Lussier’s note.
“As the deadline to declare candidacy for local offices was fast approaching, I thought about who would be a good candidate for Town Council and, who would be willing to throw their hat in the ring,” Lussier wrote. “I immediately thought of my former neighbor Stacey Slekis. I have known Stacey and her family since they moved to Burrillville. I have found her to be a very hard worker and someone who is a very intelligent, capable individual. She holds a leadership position at a large RI-based company and works with people from all over the country. Her ability to manage a workforce, set goals and reach consensus are all much needed qualities that are essential for a council member to possess.”
“Stacey was very active in the movement to prevent the Invenergy power plant from being sited in our town,” Lussier continued. “She volunteers her time on many school-related and other organizations in town. If elected, I am sure that Stacey will be respectful of residents that come before the council and fully review and thoroughly vet proposals, budgets and plans prior to voting. She will come to meetings prepared to discuss and ask tough questions of agenda items. Please join me in voting for Stacey Slekis for Burrillville Town Council on Election Day.”
“It has been truly humbling to have so many residents personally reach out to me and tell me how excited they are that I have decided to run,” Slekis said.
When asked what she hopes to change on the Town Council, if elected, Slekis noted, “The current Town Council does a good job ensuring our schools and police are well funded, along with the overall budget. However, I would like our Town Council to go back to the days where we are all focused on issues that directly pertain to the town and our residents.”
“While I understand that some state and national issues become hot topics, I believe it is the duty of council members to focus on town matters,” she added. “There are state and national positions to fight those topics and Town Council is not one of them. For example, I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, however my opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinions of all Burrillville residents. I do not agree with using our tax dollars to fight state/national legislation.”
“Our current Town Council president has used his position to encourage residents to break the law, while playing ‘show and tell’ by placing a gun magazine in front of him at town council meetings,” Slekis said. “While I do not support the magazine ban, our Town Council meetings are not the proper forum. I can certainly empathize with Mr. Fox’s passion on protecting our constitutional rights, however council should not be encouraging citizens to break the law, nor entertain using our town tax dollars to fight the ban. This mindset continues to portray our town in a negative light at the state and national level.”
Stacey brings more than 25 years of experience working in the corporate world. Under her current position, she leads a team of over 20 individuals.
“I am incredibly proud to work for one of Rhode Island’s largest insurers for the past 25 plus years,” she said. “Coming from a company that prides itself on superior customer service and always putting the customer first, I am thankful for the exceptional leadership skills that I have learned throughout my tenure.”
Currently serving as the treasurer of Wilsons Lake Association and president of the Burrillville High School Band Boosters, she has previously served as vice-president of the Callahan School PTF for many years, along with vice-president of the Burrillville High School Band Boosters. She has also served as a Girl Scout Troop leader for many years.
“Volunteering has always been a big part of my life. I always wanted to be involved and help while my children were in school,” Slekis said. “I also love serving our community. When you see the smiles and joy that these events bring to the children, it’s priceless.”
“I want to ensure that we maintain the rural character of our town that I, along with so many others, love. The beauty of Burrillville is what brought me here some 18 years ago. I love our forests, lakes, and our quaint little town. I love our small ‘hometown’ feel and the close-knit community that we have,” Slekis said. “We need to ensure that we maintain a good balance of economic development without impacting that beauty.”
An administrator for the 8,100 member Burrillville Town Page on facebook, along with Simply Stacey Living Facebook page with more than 19,000 followers, Stacey lives in Burrillville with her husband and two children, and enjoys spending time with family, cooking, gardening, boating, camping, and spending time with her dogs, Oreo and Clover.
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