Portsmouth Democrats invite citizens to discuss town government on March 29

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – March 19, 2012 – Concerned with questions about competence, direction, and lack of transparency among local elected officials, the Portsmouth Democrats are holding an event to talk with fellow citizens who share these and other local concerns.

The Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee will host an open forum to discuss town government issues on Thursday, March 29, 7-8:30 p.m. at Foodworks, East Main Road, Portsmouth.

“People around town are telling us that they are concerned -- and sometimes shocked -- by some of the decisions made by the current Council and School Committee leaders and the way they are conducting our Town's business,” said Town Committee Chair, Len Katzman. “The Democratic Town Committee is asking all who are concerned about our local government to come to this forum and join the conversation. There are 3,268 registered Democrats in Portsmouth, yet the Town Committee only hears from a small fraction of those citizens. We want to hear from some new voices.

“If you’ve never spoken to your local Democratic committee before, this will be an easy way to share your ideas with the organization responsible for endorsing candidates for these important roles in town government. We are preparing to assemble a slate of candidates for November’s election and public input is vital,” Katzman said.

The Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee is a nonprofit association established to uphold and to advance the principles of the Democratic Party within the Town of Portsmouth.

It is not necessary to RSVP, but if you would like to contact the Committee please send an email to PortsmouthDemocrats@gmail.com or call 401-683-5000.

Editorial note: Written from a press release.

Full disclosure: I serve on the Democratic Town Committee.