Name: Suzanne McGee Cienki
Address: 85 Walnut Drive, East Greenwich
Email address: [email protected]
Marital status: Married
Number of children: 5
Have you run for elected office before? Yes
Have you held elected office before? Yes
Why are you running for Town Council?
I believe it is important to give back to your community. There are many ways to provide service to your community and becoming a member of the Town Council is one way to help maintain the good quality of life in East Greenwich. I enjoy working on local issues and hope to continue to maintain a fiscally responsible local government.
What are the most important issues facing our town?
It is important to continue to improve the financial future of the town.To maintain fiscal health the town council must continue to look at consolidation, regionalization, rising costs, and maintaining a high bond rating. The town must continue to look for ways as to how structural changes in local government can improve the town’s fiscal health through consolidation and shared services. Economic conditions within the state are going to reduce funding for local municipalities and we need to be prepared for the financial impact through careful budgeting and prioritization.
We must continue to foster a spirit of cooperation with the small business in the town. These business provide a vibrant and varied local market which brings people into our town.
We must continue to protect our natural resources, open spaces and shoreline. Great financial stewardship and care for our environment can complement each other. The town of East Greenwich has a rich history and though careful planning we must maintain the beauty our town has to offer.
What distinguishes you from the other primary candidates for Town Council?
I served on the School Committee for four years and have local governmental experience. I realize that maintaining quality education is a huge asset to our town. Having served on the school committee I understand the necessity to provide a quality education to our children, and having worked on the school’s budget I am quite familiar with their process. I also realize it is important to provide services and a good quality of life for the all the taxpayers and there needs to be a balance so the town’s infrastructure does not suffer