April 21, 2019

Had Enough Politicking? Time to Vote!

"Time to let voters breathe, no more political posts, fliers, ads, etc. Good luck everyone." - Bob Rodericks


By now I believe that we are all over-saturated with campaign ads, fundraisers, speeches, door-knocking and FB posts! Since announcing my candidacy for the East Providence City Council-at-Large seat just over a year ago, I have worked hard to earn voter support. I have attended most City Council meetings and have kept up on issues of concern to EP. My campaign has also consisted of walking door to door to gather close to 600 signatures, with 200 needed to get on the ballot and then more door to door to greet voters and talk issues briefly. We have mailed out letters, made phone calls, attended lots of coffee hours and dinners, held just two fundraisers and attended many others and have issued many press releases and posted many photos!

In the beginning I had to file a complaint with the RI Board of Elections and the State Attorney General because a majority of the current City Council cast a vote which would have negated a council election this November. Thankfully, my complaint was accepted and legal rulings reversed that council vote. It allowed East Providence to have a council election on November 6th, 2018! Our campaign has received enthusiastic support from throughout East Providence, for which I am grateful. I want to thank campaign managers Samantha Burnett and Steve Perry and my wife Diane Rodericks and other family members for their patience and loyal support.

I have done a lot of posting on social media like Facebook as social media is the best way to reach people. The Providence Journal no longer carries local news like they used to and they don't accept local press releases. That's how it was once done, back in the day. The East Providence Post does an excellent job with local news but is constrained by limitations of a weekly paper and limited space for candidates. The EP Reporter (for which I write columns) also does a great job but only comes out once a month. So social media is now the most direct and timely source of public information.

Accordingly, I'm ready to accept voter preference on November 6th! Unless there is an earth-shattering need, I won't post any more campaign notices on social media! I'm sure that will make many happy! Also, I don't believe in handing out any fliers or campaign materials on election day. It's annoying and I don't think you want that. I will have some awesome volunteers holding a "Rodericks" sign at a few polling places, but they have been asked not to approach voters - just wave and say hi. I hope you will consider me on November 6th. Please know that I have made no political "deals" with anyone and my goal is to "Just Do What Is Right for EP." Can I count on you?! You can count on me!

(I'm still available anytime if you need more info: bobrodericks@gmail.com 401-640-5802)


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