Longtime East Greenwich resident Ed Field said Monday he plans to run for Town Council as a Republican. Because councilors are elected to two-year terms, all five seats on the council are up for election this fall. Field is the first person to declare his candidacy.
Councilman Mark Gee announced in February he’s running for the state Senate Dist. 35 seat and Councilman Michael Kiernan has said he will not run for re-election, leaving at least two seats on the Town Council up for grabs. The other council members – President Michael Isaacs, Vice President Jeff Cianciolo and Brad Bishop – have not said whether or not they are running for re-election.
All five members of the Town Council are Republicans. No Democrats have yet declared for council, according to Democratic Town Committee chairman Tom Plunkett.
Field, a member of the Republican Town Committee, has lived in East Greenwich with his wife Carolyn since 1979. Originally from Illinois, Field came to New England for college and never left. He graduated from Holy Cross, worked in Boston and attended Harvard Business School before settling in East Greenwich. He owns Fitzwater Engineering, a company in Scituate that does contract machining for other companies.
The Fields raised three children in East Greenwich – all three graduated from East Greenwich High School and the University of Rhode Island. Ed Field said he’s always tried to contribute in some way to the town. Two years ago, he said, he was interested in the vacant state Representative seat now held by fellow Republican Anthony Giarrusso. He’s not so sure, now, that he would have had the patience for the General Assembly, he said. Town Council seems a good alternative.
“It’s time to do my fair share and to give some of the time that I have,” Field said.