As the residents of District 5 await word as to whether they will have representation on the Town Council in the months ahead or will have to wait until November to fill the vacant seat of the departing Councilman, Coventry resident Tammy Duxbury announced that she will run for the seat.
Duxbury, a long-time resident of Coventry and a Certified Public Accountant, said she will run for Town Council in District 5 either in a special election or in the general election scheduled for the fall. Coventry’s Town Charter is ambiguous about how to deal with the open seat created by the resignation of Councilman Thaddeus Jendzejec, but Duxbury said she hoped town officials will act in a manner which ensures the people of District 5 have a voice on the Town Council as important issues are decided in the next few months.
“Over the years, I have been active in the town, attending Council meetings, seeking to take part in the Charter Review Commission and promoting zoning polices that are in keeping with our Town Comprehensive plan,” said Duxbury. “Now, I’m running for the District 5 Council seat to represent our
neighborhoods and fight for open and transparent town government.”
“I don’t know what is going to be decided in terms of filling the seat, but with the Town Council preparing to tackle next year’s budget, I believe the people of District 5 must have a voice in that process. We should not be shut out until next year.”
Duxbury, who is married and has three children, is a CPA and is a member of the accounting faculty at Bryant University. Over the years, she has been active in her profession and community. She is a member of the RI Society of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs and has held board positions with several nonprofit organizations including MADD RI, the Coventry Girls Softball League and Citizens Advocating for a Safe Environment (CASE).
In launching her campaign for Town Council, Duxbury said she will focus on the issues of concern to her family and her neighbors in District 5, including:
- Correcting fiscal policies relating to unfunded public pension plans
- Growing our economy with community-friendly businesses
- Improving governmental transparency and access
- Resolving the Town’s fire and rescue service issues;
- Protecting our environment and preserving our rural areas
reach out to voters so that our District has a say in the decision-making process for this town.”