School Board Member Cahoon to seek EP Ward 3 Council Seat
Former U.S. Air Force Captain, Townie & Brown Grad to Run
Nathan Cahoon, currently a Ward Three School Committee member has announced that he is a candidate for the Ward Three City Council seat in the November 2018 election. That seat is now held by Joe Botelho. "I'll be seeking election to the East Providence City Council in 2018. I will seek to represent the constituents of my neighborhood, right here in Ward 3," said Cahoon in a social media statement. "I've enjoyed my time on the School Committee, and I'd like to think I've contributed some to the improvement of our schools. But I'm ready for a new challenge. If you'll have me, I'll continue working as hard for you as I have over the past three-plus years. I believe in this City, I love the people, and I want to do everything I can to make us the envy of Rhode Island, if not the world," Cahoon added.
Cahoon is chairing the committee looking into the construction of a new high school in East Providence. He is an advocate for placing the issue on the November ballot for the public to decide. "Everyone will have all the information necessary to make an informed decision on the needs of our high school and community going forward," Cahoon said at a recent council meeting. "The voters will know everything that we know."
Cahoon is a 1993 graduate of East Providence High School. He graduated number two academically in his class and is a graduate of Brown University. Cahoon also received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy where he became a Captain. In 2006 Cahoon earned a Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics from Northeastern University in 2006. He taught Advanced Placement and Introductory Biology at Classical High School and has worked for as a Communications Officer for the United States Air Force. He is currently working for the U.S. General Service Administration.
"I'm running for city council because I'm convinced I can do the job. I'll bring to the office leadership honed by eight years as a military officer; understanding of Government budgets and funding streams gained over two decades in public service; and an unmatched dedication to the men, women and children of this community. I'm the guy for the job, and I look forward to proving it in the next year," Cahoon said.
Cahoon has been a strong supporter of educational needs of the community. "East Providence public schools gave me the opportunity to attend Brown University, and to earn a commission in the United States Air Force. I will continue to do all I can to ensure the same opportunities exist for our kids today," he told The Reporter.
"It takes long days and longer nights to make sure the team is ready when opportunity calls. And it never hurts to have a knack for problem solving when those unforeseeable issues arise. My entire professional career has prepared me for this important role. My time as a Captain in the United States Air Force honed my leadership skills. Also, my experience in the Federal Government has helped me learn to navigate the tricky waters of law and budget cycles to complete the mission while ensuring best value for the American taxpayer," continued Cahoon. Cahoon lives on Greenwich Avenue with his wife, Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon and their two children.