October 27, 2010

A Letter to the Community

Printed in the Narragansett Times, October 27, 2010
I want to thank everyone in the community who made the time in their busy schedules to vote in the primaries on September 14th, and I encourage everyone to return to the polls next Tuesday and consider supporting me as your next State Representative. 
I have heard from many of you that my campaign resonated with you because I offered real solutions and ideas to put our state back on track. I am running for State Representative because this district needs a strong voice at the State House. 

I am frustrated with how our tax and budget priorities have been handled over the past decade. We have seen handouts to the wealthiest in our state, while property and car taxes for the rest of us have continued to rise. We deserve someone who will stand for our priorities, not simply for those with the most influence in Rhode Island. The future of Galilee, our schools, our senior services, and all that defines our beautiful community in South County depend on your commitment to standing up on election day to support them. We have serious issues to take on over the next two years, and need a representative who will be the voice for South County’s interests alone.

From day one, I will advocate for fair tax policy that closes loopholes and requires that we all equally share the costs of running the state. An important piece of this is full accountability and transparency for myself and all legislators at the State House. If elected, I will sponsor legislation that makes committee and floor votes immediately available online. The work we do should be readily accessible so that you will always know that I work for you.

In the final weeks, with the frenzy of the campaign season becoming overwhelming, it’s certainly easy and understandable to become disenchanted, to tune it out and to forget why this election was exciting in the first place. This election is incredibly important for our state’s future. South Kingstown and Narragansett already garnered attention across the state because of the primary voter turnout in District 34's primary election,  while turnout was at record lows in other districts. I urge you to get out and vote next Tuesday, and I challenge you to bring a neighbor, co-worker or family member that may have stayed home in September, to the polls with you on November 2nd. Democracy works best when it truly is the voice of many, please make sure you are heard.

Thank you for your consideration, and I humbly ask you for your vote.

Teresa Tanzi
Democrat for State Representative in Narragansett, Peace Dale and Wakefield